The fantastic team of volunteers at BRR is fundamental to the work of the organisation. Without the energy and commitment of volunteers we simply could not deliver our services.
The fantastic team of volunteers at Bristol Refugee Rights is fundamental to the work of the organisation, and without the energy and commitment of volunteers we simply could not deliver our services. We have well over 100 volunteers, who together give more than 20 000 hours a year, making a huge difference to the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol.
Our volunteer team is incredibly diverse, and includes people of all ages and backgrounds. We aim for a 50/50 split between volunteers who are BRR members – asylum seekers and refugees who use our services – and volunteers who are not members.
Members and non-member volunteers working together is one of the thing that makes our organisation so special; everyone learns from each other. People build lasting friendships and help each other through the challenges and the injustice which are both witnessed and experienced.
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“After experiencing humiliation and great difficulty in my own country, I am able to feel alive again. I am able to contribute once more and feel like I exist. Volunteering allows me to hold my head up high in Bristol.” – A BRR member-volunteer
The impact of our member volunteering programme was also featured in the Lloyds Foundation Impact Report 2014 on page 16-17.
BRR is committed to the promotion of equality and diversity and aims to be an anti-discriminatory organisation.
The safety of children and vulnerable adults is very important to BRR, we therefore implement recruitment practices.
Further information can be found on our Policies and Procedures Page.
In June 2018 the team that cooks the meals at the Welcome Centre won the BBC WEST Cookery Team of the Year at the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018. The BBC said:
Volunteers at Bristol Refugee Rights cook lunch for up to a hundred asylum seekers and refugees from all over the world every week at the Malcolm X Centre in Bristol. The charity has to fundraise to cover the cost of the food. They’re not professional chefs but they create nutritional, flavoursome, fresh three course lunches which reflect the nationalities and religious requirements of their guests.
Support our crowdfunding appeal. This is why:
“For the first time I feel I can be myself as I share the friendship of others in my social group. People should know that LGBT asylum seekers are people who have been persecuted and are afraid,” PWB Member
“This group is my family. And now we are a BIG family! PWB means a lot to my life. It is where I feel confident, and where I belong.” PWB Member