A creche for refugees and asylum seekers Bristol Refugee Rights is the first port of call for the majority of asylum seeking and refugee families coming to Bristol. At the Early…
We run drop-in English classes all year round, catering for complete beginners, through to university level learners.
Our classes are 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.
In addition to English classes we also run weekly computer and literacy classes.
Other courses run with our partner organisations are also available.
The classes are:
Wednesdays: English classes 10.15 am — 11:45 pm and 1:00 pm — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.