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Redland Quakers Peace Feast

We were delighted to join Redland Quakers for a wonderful Peace Feast on Saturday night! After a delicious meal of Syrian mansaf cooked by Lara, we were treated to a speech by Muna Talha from Refugee Women of Bristol. Muna captured the heart of Peace Feast so eloquently. Highlights included hearing how she and her […]

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Task Volunteers – Making a Practical Difference

by Holly Taylor, Task Volunteers Coordinator We are really proud to have launched our new Task Volunteering role at the beginning of this year. Volunteers provide support to families from refugee backgrounds, helping them learn how to carry out both unique and everyday tasks in their new environment so that they can become independent in […]

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Reflections On My Year With Bridges

Clare Nutbrown-Hughes is in her third year of training with the United Reformed Church. She spent a year on placement volunteering with Bridges and offered this reflection as she looked back over her year walking alongside staff and volunteers. As thousands of people came to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth lying in state, I […]

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Peace Feast on the SS Great Britain

Thanks to Brunel’s SS Great Britain for a marvellous Peace Feast! In the stunning dining room of the ship we tucked into a delicious three-course, locally-sourced meal, courtesy of Houria Catering, shared stories of formative journeys with new friends and listened to the dulcet tones and Middle Eastern / North African riffs of Soufian Saihi. Thanks to our speakers, […]

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Befriend Project – Summer 2022

by Nic Hope, b.friend Project Manager When I took the Project Manager role of b.friend in October 2021, the nation was heading out of the pandemic which had deeply affected those with whom the project works. Although some partnerships had managed to meet digitally and occasionally in person, many weren’t able to and this was […]

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School Linking – Summer 2022

To mark the end of the school year, Bristol School Linking, took part in the Linking Network’s first School Linking Celebration Week  1000’s of schools across the country marked the week by coming together to build friendship and understanding between their pupils.  In Bristol we marked the week by hosting our first in person class meet […]

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Peace Feast – Summer 2022

It’s been a wonderful summer for Peace Feast, and we’re honoured to have partnered with some great organisations in Bristol for some fabulous feasts. In June we joined Zion Community Cafe for a Sudanese Feast as part of Bristol Refugee Festival. Negla from Food without Borders provided a delicious meal, Soufian Saihi serenaded guests with uplifting Middle Eastern & North […]

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From Kabul to Bristol – Afghan Resettlement One Year On

Reflections on our Afghan response, a year after the fall of Kabul by Hattie Mitchell, Events Coordinator ARAP Scheme “Wow! It’s just like Afghanistan!” I’m sure you’ll be as surprised as I was to hear this comment about… Tintern, on the Welsh border! A day trip to this tiny village nestled in the Wye Valley […]

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Peace Feast – Spring 2022

We’ve had the pleasure of hosting two really memorable Peace Feasts this Spring, with some great friends, old and new. In March, we gathered 90 people with Bristol’s Sudanese Community Association at the Asian Day Centre for a scintillating Sudanese evening. While guests tucked into a delicious feast, we were serenaded by Bristol’s own Nabra, a […]

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Refulingua – Spring 2022

There have been several ‘firsts’ for RefuLingua this past term! For starters, we have run our first class teaching the Somali language. We ran an eight week ‘introductions’ course attended by four committed students who learnt how to how use greetings and to introduce themselves and their families in Somali. Since the Somali language uses […]

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