Since 2003, the charity Refugee Women of Bristol, has been addressing the needs of female refugees in the city. Set up by a group women who were themselves refugees, at its heart the organisation is well-versed in the direct concerns of vulnerable women in Bristol.
Now, 13 years since it was founded, the charity is the only Bristol organisation focussed on the needs of refugee women and is run by, and assists, women of many faiths and ethicities from the city’s refugee and asylum seeker communities.
The charity provides a range of important services including English lessons, the provision of bus passes, health and well-being activities, a crèche, a lunch club – free of charge for asylum seekers, translation support, advice and advocacy and information workshops.
The charity conducts most of its activities at its drop-in centre, open every term-time Tuesday at the Malcom X Centre in St Pauls, Bristol.
Around 300 refugee and asylum seeking women are helped by the charity every year. It’s ultimate aim is to raise the educational and economic status of refugee and asylum seeking women in Bristol. Through support, training and empowerment, the organisation hope to see these women gain employment and support themselves, reducing isolation and improving confidence.
Between 1-2pm on 8 November 2016 the organisation will be holding an open day at the Malcom X Centre. The aim of the event is to recruit new volunteers to help with the group ongoing community work. Find out more: www.refugeewomenofbristol.org.uk/