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Bristol Refugee Rights

What it does
    BRR runs a drop-in for refugees and asylum seekers offering advice, English classes, social networking and much else. BRR also runs public education and campaigning activities.
Who it helps
  • People Of A Particular Ethnic Or Racial Origin
  • Other Defined Groups
Sector(s) covered
  • Education/training
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
  • Arts/culture/heritage/science
  • Amateur Sport
  • Economic/community Development/employment
  • Other Charitable Purposes
Where it operates
  • Bristol City
Financial Data ?
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus/
Filed on
31/03/2018 £488,412 £416,930 £71,482 06/12/2018
31/03/2017 £412,336 £377,088 £35,248 07/12/2017
31/03/2016 £353,836 £308,265 £45,571 04/01/2017
31/03/2015 £268,556 £250,998 £17,558 11/01/2016
31/03/2014 £270,984 £265,411 £5,573 14/12/2014
31/03/2013 £200,547 £211,920 -£11,373 19/12/2013
31/03/2012 £172,963 £167,276 £5,687 04/12/2012
31/03/2011 £133,257 £117,899 £15,358 02/11/2011
Donations received ?

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 9 grant making charities totalling £983,103

Donor To be used for
Garfield Weston Foundation Practical action and advice enabling refugees and migrants to to rebuild their lives
AB Charitable Trust An unrestricted grant of £20,000
Lloyds Bank Foundation The VOICE course brings together people with lived experience of the asylum process in the UK, and volunteers who have experience in developing skills in public speaking and use of voice. After training, participants are able to articulate in English the challenges and injustices they have faced, in order to educate and influence policy makers and practitioners. This grant supports one day per week of a project coordinator’s time to enable the VOICE course to continue for a further year, enabling them to take advantage of opportunities to influence the agenda in Bristol so that refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed and provided with opportunities to integrate in the city.
National Lottery Community Fund The funding will be used to deliver support and advice sessions for refugees. The project aims to combat isolation and improve wellbeing of refugees in the community.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation This grant will support the organisation to explore a collaborative service model for care leavers with insecure immigration status.
AB Charitable Trust £15,000 towards Asylum Support Advice Project
Quartet Community Foundation To support the continuation of the group's Asylum Support Project while other longer term funding is sought.
Lloyds Bank Foundation Bristol Refugee Rights provides a whole range of support for refugees and asylum seekers from food to classes. The Welcome Centre provides a place for people to come together, get involved, learn and support others as well as access the help they need.
Quartet Community Foundation Year two of a three year award from the Henry Smith Charity towards the running costs of providing ESOL classes to asylum seekers and refugees.
Quartet Community Foundation We run a Welcome Centre for asylum seekers and new refugees in the centre of Bristol 3 days each week over 48 weeks of the year. The Centre has developed over the course of 10 years with regular input from members (asylum seekers and refugees) who are encouraged to be involved in the running of the organisation from the time they join. The organisation offers free English classes, computer classes, trips, advocacy and information, support with asylum applications, opportunities to take part in public speaking, to train to be an interpreter; families can use the Early Years project for children under 5, and more. At the heart of the Centre there is a space for members to meet each other, develop friendships, and obtain emotional and wellbeing support. They can access: a cooked meal, refreshments, games, arts and crafts, destitution bags, a free haircut, massages, community interpreters, be referred to the Bristol Bike Project, see the asylum nurse, meet with a mental health volunteer from MIND and more. Additionally the organisation works in partnership with other groups in the city to host an event on Human Rights Day each year and activities and celebrations within National Refugee Week. Last year at least 850 asylum seekers and new refugees benefited from our Welcome Centre.
Henry Smith Charity towards three years' continuation funding of the running costs of a project providing ESOL classes to asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol
National Lottery Heritage Fund Not Available
Lloyds Bank Foundation Bristol Refugee Rights provides a whole range of support for refugees and asylum seekers from food to classes. The Welcome Centre provides a place for people to come together, get involved, learn and support others as well as access the help they need.
Tudor Trust over two years as continuation funding towards core salaries and associated costs for a refugee and asylum seeker support project
Trustees (11)
Main office


Legal constitution
  • UK Charity, number: 1126646
  • First registered on 11/11/2008

1. To relieve the needs of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants by the provision of information, advice and support; 2. To preserve and protect the physical and mental health of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants and the dependents of persons in those categories; 3 To advance the education of the public in general about the issues relating to refugees, those seeking asylum and persons with precarious migration status; 4 To provide facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life of those persons who have need of such facilities; 5 To advance the education and training of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and their dependents; 6 To promote human rights (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) by all or any of the following means: (i) Relieving need among the victims of human right abuse; (ii) Conducting research into human rights abuses; (iii) Educating the public about human rights; (iv) Raising awareness of human rights issues; (v) Promoting public support for human rights; (vi) Promoting respect for human rights among individuals and corporations.