The Bristol Refugee Rights Welcome Centre is a support service and social space for asylum seekers as well as new refugees. It is open at the Malcolm X Community Centre, 141…
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We offer a range of services that help refugees and people seeking asylum.
Welcome Centre – The place to come first, where we can start to help you.
Advocacy & Information Desk (AID) – Help with the asylum system.
Asylum Support Project (ASP) – Help claiming Asylum Support.
British Life and Language Programme (BRILL) – English language classes.
Early Years Project – Creche and young child care.
Interpreters – Bristol Refugee Rights members trained to interpret to help asylum seekers.
We have a membership system and our services are available only to our members. If you are not yet a member please come to the Welcome Centre and we will arrange a short interview to see how we can best support you.
Referral organisations should read the Membership Eligibility PDF.
If we can not help you we will try to refer you to other organisations that can help you (see Other Services in Bristol.)
As well as contacting our Advocacy & Information Desk (AID) you can also refer to the Right to Remain Toolkit, which is a guide to the UK immigration and asylum system.
The Toolkit gives an overview of the legal system and procedures, with detailed information on rights and options at key stages, and actions you can take in support of your claim, or to help someone else.
As well as a comprehensive written guide, the Toolkit also contains several helpful videos which are available in 5 languages: English, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and French.
The Toolkit is available on the Right to Remain website.
Bristol Law Centre run an Immigration and Asylum Drop every 2 weeks on a Wednesday 3-5pm. They can help with:
There are more details on their website.
NHS Charges — Asylum Matters has produced a clear summary of healthcare access rights and charges for migrants. You can read it here (PDF file).
Mental Health — Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have produce a film called Someone to talk to: a short guide for asylum-seeking people and refugees to mental health support following trauma.
The Shelter website has information about how asylum seekers and refugees can find accommodation. They also run a help line where they can:
If you are seeking help with issues relating to the Windrush Generation there is a Home Office factsheet available here. You can get more information from Free Movement and there are details about how to apply for the Windrush Scheme on the Government website.
You can find out about different organisations in Bristol who support asylum seekers and refugees in the Bristol Refugee Support document available to download below.