Education

Due to the risks of coronavirus we have temporarily closed face to face services.  You can contact staff by telephone/Whatsapp/email.

Classes

What classes are available?

Our English classes have moved online. We are developing our education programme to include a weekly English conversation club, 1-2-1 English classes and a service to help members get places on ESOL course run by other organisations.

Our classes are all non-accredited, we do not run certified English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Therefore, we can offer our classes to people who would be excluded by government rules from ESOL courses.

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 Welcome Centre page.

Find other classes in Bristol

The Learning English in Bristol network website, which is managed by Bristol Refugee Rights, provides information about the ESOL classes, courses and conversation clubs in Bristol.

Training courses

Asylum seekers, who are normally not allowed to work, are often left with little opportunity to communicate with the wider community. Because of this they can become marginalised.  Bristol Refugee Rights empower people to tell their own stories, share their perspectives on what it is like to be an asylum seeker in the UK, and use their skills to become involved in the community as interpreters.

Public speaking training

As well as training our members in public speaking we also organise events where the audience can learn more about people’s experience of what its like to be an asylum seeker in the UK.  For example we recently organised a series of ‘cafe conversations’ to offer an informal space for dialogue. We also bring speakers to a wide variety of groups and institutions such as schools, universities, faith groups, community organisations and conferences. Our public speaking training is part of the VOICE project.

Hear from our VOICE public speakers

If you would like to have one of our VOICE public speakers attend your event or organisation please e-mail ruthsj@bristolrefugeerights.org.

Interpreter training

We encourage our members to use their existing language skills to help other people who are also going through the asylum process. These interpreters provide an invaluable service to the Bristol Refugee Rights Welcome Centre, Advocacy and Information Desk and Asylum Support Project.

We train our members in basic interpretation so that they can support our staff, volunteers and other members. However, we can not provide interpreters for other organisations. If you require an interpreter please refer to the Bristol City Council translation and interpreting service.