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Bristol Refugee Rights was founded in 2006, originally under the name Holding Refugees and Human Rights in Mind.

The Welcome Centre opened its doors once a week in April 2006, in the Unitarian Hall in St Paul’s, funded by a small grant from Church Urban Fund. In August 2007, the Welcome Centre moved to a settled home in Newton Hall, Easton which was owned by Stapleton Road Chapel. Over the next 5 years the project grew – extending the range of services provided and opening 3 days a week.

BRR has also encouraged and supported a number of other projects for refugees and asylum seekers including the development of a second nearby drop–in centre which is managed by the charity Borderlands of St Nicholas of Tolentino Church.

Since August 2012, the Welcome Centre has moved back to St Pauls and is now open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the Malcolm X Community Centre. We have space to offer our full range of services and we regularly welcome 100 asylum seekers and new refugees each day, from up to 60 different countries.