Who We Are


Borderlands has been supporting refugees, asylum seekers and those with insecure immigration status since 2011. 

The charity was founded in 2011 following a long history of the parish at St. Nicholas of Tolentino RC Church providing support to the local community in need. By the relationships established between the parish and those seeking refuge over a number of years we were able to identify the needs of those seeking refuge and identify the best way to respond. 








Borderlands is a place and community  for genuine relationships that creates the warmth-feeling similar to friendships and family. 



Borderlands is a place where everyone is recognised as an individual and embraced with dignity and we strive for justice and dignity in the world.


Borderlands is a place where we share with each other and help one another.

Respect Everyone

Borderlands is a place where individual and group identities are respected and celebrated.

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We have a vision for a world where refugees and asylum seekers can seek sanctuary and justice, can make full use of their talents and abilities, feel valued for their contributions, and build worthwhile lives.

We want to help refugees, asylum seekers and those with insecure immigration

from exclusion to belonging.



Our mission is to serve the disadvantaged and marginalised, focusing on asylum seekers, refugees and those with insecure immigration status, primarily in the wider Bristol area, by:

Enhancing their social inclusion and well-being

Supporting those in poverty

Raising awareness of their needs and experiences among the wider community


We work with people regardless of race, disability, sex, age, religious belief or sexual orientation. 


We create a community of welcome where we support people on their way of securing 'leave to remain' and enhance social inclusion and well-being.

We are an accredited Living Wage employer and are part of the Climate Coalition.

We are grateful to the support of our patrons:
Right Rev Declan Lang (Bishop of Clifton)
Lord Raymond Hylton
Richard Pendlebury MBE
Dr Sheena Tranter

Bishop Paul McAleenan
Mrs Sherrie Eugene-Hart
Bishop Vivienne Faull