We are a Bristol based charity that connects people of different cultures, races and faiths, enabling them to build friendships, grow in their understanding of one another and live well together .
Check out our Strategy 2023-2025.
Our society is fractured and divided. Political views are polarised, hate crime is on the rise, government policies towards refugees and immigrants are hardening, and our asylum system is widely acknowledged to be broken. The latest census figures show Britain to be increasingly diverse, and yet diversity is seen by some to be a problem rather than something to be celebrated. In Bristol, where we are based, systemic inequalities exist along lines of race and class, reinforcing the perception that this is a segregated city.
And yet there is hope. Much of the mistrust and division is caused by stereotypes and misperceptions that are rooted more in the distance between people (the fact that they don’t know one another or interact meaningfully) than in the differences between them. By connecting people of different cultures and faiths, we can enable them to understand one another better and recognise their shared humanity. By working together to make our communities more welcoming for people who have fled war and persecution, we can build bridges and enable people of different backgrounds to live well together.
We do this in 3 ways:
1) Connecting & Inspiring
local people & communities in Bristol
Growing our understanding and empathy for one another, reducing fear and intolerance, and influencing action.
Gathering people around food and stories
Bringing children together through classroom connections
Building understanding by sharing religious festivals
2) Welcoming & Enabling
refugees & asylum seekers in Bristol
Creating a hospitable city that connects people into local communities, improves confidence and wellbeing, and enables people to use their skills.
One-to-one support for asylum seekers & refugees
Welcoming families who have fled war and persecution
Welcoming spaces where refugee women sew together
Walk With Me
One-to-one and group walks to improve people’s wellbeing
3) Resourcing & Equipping
individuals & organisations in Bristol & beyond
Helping people to understand other cultures and traditions, and to feel more hopeful and confident so they can take action to build more welcoming communities.
Cultural Awareness Training
Equipping people to thrive in an interconnected world
Tips, tools and inspiration for bridge builders
Language & culture classes taught by people of refugee and migrant backgrounds
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