As well as our regular b.friend programme which supports refugees and asylum seekers of all nationalities, we specifically want to help provide a warm welcome to families who are fleeing the conflict in Syria. We are delighted to be able to offer support to Syrian families who have recently arrived in Bristol under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS). We provide this support through volunteer befrienders who give up a little bit of their time each week to meet with someone who is new to the city. These volunteers provide a listening ear, support with learning English, and they help the new arrivals to become more familiar with the city. From March to October 2016, Bridges has worked with Bristol City Council to provide support for 8 families, and it is hoped that this number will continue to grow over the next few years. Bridges provides the volunteers with training and with ongoing support in order to fulfil this invaluable role, and Bridges has also been able to deliver Cultural Awareness training for the new families, helping them to get used to life in the UK. To volunteer as a befriender for Syrian families in Bristol, or to enquire about other ways in which you can contribute to this scheme, please use our Contact form.
It’s been such a priviledge to spend time with someone who has been through so much, and yet who has arrived here in Bristol with such a positive outlook and determination to build a new life for his family here.
Sharing a meal together gives people from different cultures and faiths the opportunity to meet and build friendships.
We bring people together around religious festivals and feasts — like Ramadan and Christmas — to break down barriers and challenge stereotypes.
This project provides one-to-one support for refugees and asylum-seekers in Bristol, who may be isolated or struggling.
We help to support refugees who have been resettled in Bristol after fleeing the terrible conflict in Syria, through volunteer support and cultural awareness training.
We organise trips to connect people in the UK and the Middle East, facilitating opportunities for perceptions to be changed and for friendships to be built.
We provide cultural awareness training for working crossculturally, and refugee support training for groups working with refugees, asylum-seekers, and vulnerable migrants.