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British Life and Language Programme (BRILL)

What classes are available?

Bristol Refugee Rights drop-in English classes run year round and cater for complete beginners through to university level learners.  The classes run at the same time as our crèche (Early Years Project) so that members’ children can be cared for while they participate.

In addition to English classes we also run weekly computer and literacy classes. Other courses run with our partner organisations include Everyday First Aid with the Red Cross and Food Hygiene Training with Virtual College . We also organise a range of trips throughout the year; these can be as varied as outdoor education at a community farm, learning to kayak and visiting the Houses of Parliament.

All our classes are taught by a team of dedicated and skilled volunteer teachers, supported and supervised by the BRILL project manager.

The classes are:

  • Wednesdays: English classes 10.15 am – 11:45 pm and 1:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • Thursdays: Computer class 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Fridays: English classes 10.15 am – 11:45 pm

Please check our closure and holiday dates.

Who can attend our classes?

We run our classes for our refugee and asylum seeker members. To find out more about who is eligible to become a Bristol Refugee Rights member please read the FAQ Page.

Why are our classes important?

BRILL classes are essential for our members who cannot access other college and community run classes. Asylum seekers must wait for 6 months before they are eligible to attend accredited ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes . Refused asylum seekers are ineligible altogether. We are not accredited to teach English and Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications, therefore we can offer our classes to people who would be excluded from these courses.

Few local education providers offer on-site crèche spaces . Government funding cuts have also reduced statutory crèche provision and increased waiting lists for crèche spaces. Bristol Refugee Rights have avoided government cuts by funding  our crèche through donations.  We run our crèche at the same time as our classes, which allows members with children pre-school children to attend.

BRILL is funded by the Henry Smith Charity until March 2019.