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. 


We believe that people should be able to seek sanctuary, safety and justice, where they can make full use of their talents and abilities, feel valued for their contribution to their community, 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

Borderlands is a Christian charity that works with people regardless of race, disability, sex, age, religious belief or sexual orientation. 

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