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.
Bristol Refugee Rights is a strong community, and volunteers are an essential part of it. We offer a wide range of volunteer roles: from arts sessions or cooking in the kitchen to helping people access housing or running a mini-foodbank.
Please refer to the “Volunteer with us” page to find out if we are currently recruiting, and if you are interested in volunteering please fill out the form.
The Welcome Centre is a warm and welcoming community space, offering a range of services to members. Volunteers are involved in all areas of work and make the whole thing possible.
Reception: warmly welcoming BRR members, as well as providing all sorts of information to visitors, volunteers, members and staff.
New Member Interviewers: having a friendly chat with people who want to join BRR, to find out if they are eligible and how we can help. Find out more…
Destitution Support: providing both practical and pastoral support to those of our members who are destitute.
Free Shop: managing donations of clothes and other goods, creating a “shop” where members can get things that they need, for free. Find out more…
Kitchen: on Wednesdays we have snacks and hot drinks, on Thursdays we have a huge feast as well. Kitchen volunteers prepare all this…and clean up afterwards!
Arts and Crafts: running informal arts sessions, supporting people to be creative which can be very therapeutic.
Welcomers: making sure no one in the hall is feeling isolated – starting up conversations, making introductions, sharing cups of tea and playing games.
Triage desk: the first point of call when someone needs help with their case, getting people into a waiting list for the support they need, meaning they can relax with a cup of tea while they wait.
Advocacy caseworkers: one-to-one meetings helping people navigate the complex and adversarial UK asylum process.
Admin support: helping keep the records straight.
Find out more about the AID Desk.
Volunteer roles in our English classes:
Teachers: preparing and delivering English classes.
Teaching assistants: supporting teachers to deliver classes.
All levels cover: a particularly skilled ESOL teacher to deliver classes at any of the 6 levels when cover is needed.
BRILL Admin: keeping records of resources, attendance and other key information.
BRILL assessments: carrying out short tests to asses new students’ levels of English.
Computer teacher: Working with a team of teachers to support students to improve their computer skills.
Find out more about BRILL.
Crèche volunteers: helping crèche staff to create a safe, welcoming and healthy place for young children of BRR members.
Crèche liaison: working alongside the crèche staff to create a safe area in the main hall or Harriet Tubman room during lunch, where families can eat their meal.
Crèche volunteers will not be working without supervision from staff and require an enhanced DBS check.
Find out more about the Early Years Project.
We also have our own team of community interpreters for all the main languages spoken by our members, including Amharic, Arabic, Farsi, French, Kurdish, Mandarin, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya and Urdu, among others! These volunteers are vital in all areas of BRR work.
Find out more about our interpreters.
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