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Training

“I learnt a great deal more about the process of applying for refugee status and some of the challenges and frustrations of the process.  Getting the opportunity to hear personal stories was a real privilege and was very moving and thought provoking.” A medical student talking part in BRR training session as part of their Disability, Disadvantage and Diversity Module.

Bristol Refugee Rights (BRR) is a medium sized charity that has provided a broad range of quality services for asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol for over ten years. As a human rights organisation we also campaign for changes to the asylum system and do outreach events to raise awareness of the issues. We run a Welcome Centre in St Paul’s open three days a week and every year we work with approximately 500 people who are seeking asylum or were recently granted their refugee status, our members. We have a staff team of 12 and over 120 volunteers. Our main projects are BRILL-teaching English, AID-Advocacy and Information Desk, Early Years Project, VOICE-public speaking and interpreters, and Main Hall a hub which offers food, arts, social space and free shop. We aim to be member led and work in partnership with many other local organisations.

Example Training Package 1: Understanding who is an asylum seeker/refugee

2 hours

  • What is the difference between an asylum seeker and a refugee
  • Issues faced
  • What does it feel like

Example Training Package 2: Understanding Asylum

1 day

  • The global and national context
  • Overview of the asylum process
  • Understanding asylum support
  • What is the difference between an asylum seeker and a refugee
  • What is signing and detention
  • Understanding destitution
  • Mental health and asylum seekers/refugees

Training packages can be adapted from 1.5 hours to 2 days.

Depending on the time available, activities will draw on the existing knowledge of participants and involve a range of delivery including quizzes, presentation and scenarios.

We can bring trained refugee and asylum seeker speakers along to give first-hand testimony and take part in interactive Q & A sessions.

We can offer workshops to support your organisation to work through equalities issues around asylum seekers and refugees and how you can make your services more accessible/appropriate for asylum seekers and refugees

Fees are negotiable. Please contact us to discuss your training needs: info@bristolrefugeerights.org; Tel: 0117 914 5480

For more information, see our Training Leaflet.