Main Office: 0117 9145480
Advice & Advocacy Referrals: 0117 954 0446

Asylum Support Project (ASP)

People seeking asylum are excluded from claiming normal UK welfare benefits and
most asylum seekers are not allowed to work. Asylum support is a government programme that provides people in the asylum process financial support and accommodation.

The Asylum Support Project (ASP) offers Bristol Refugee Rights’ members one-to-one advice on accessing asylum support. Our aim is to prevent destitution and homelessness among asylum seekers in Bristol by providing personal advice on how to get the required support from the Home Office and Social Services.

The ASP service is provided by staff and a team of exceptionally able volunteers.

We are registered with the Offices of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC),  Ref No. N201600021, and our volunteers are qualified to provide advice at OISC Level 1 (“basic immigration advice within the Immigration Rules”).

Offices of the Immigration Services Commissioner

ASP is funded by AB Charitable and the Bar and Jim Maggs Charitable Trust, as well as many small donations through the Big Give.

Advice we can give

  • Applying for Home Office financial support and accommodation.
  • Responding to requests from the Home Office for further information or evidence in relation to the asylum support application.
  • Appeals against refusals and withdrawals of Home Office support.
  • Referrals for legal advice about Judicial Reviews where there is no right of appeal.
  • Referrals for Social Services assessment and support.


Bristol Refugee Rights Asylum Support Project is open to BRR members and operates on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. You will need make an appointment by phoning 0117 954 0446 or emailing Members can also sign up at the Advocacy and Information Desk (AID) table in the Welcome Centre.

Please ask us about the availability of interpreters and crèche;  parents may be able to leave their preschool children in the on site crèche while they attend ASP.

Please check our closure and holiday dates.