News and Updates
This video shows how communities, like Borderlands, have worked together to support refugees and people seeking asylum during coronavirus pandemic!
04 August 2021
Food distribution: Our food distribution continues to operate as normal every Tuesday from 12.30 pm until 1.30 pm but we have reduced our food deliveries to those who have to self isolate or really struggle to come to Borderlands. We took this decision based in the government guidelines and also to encourage people to come to Borderlands if possible.
Solidarity Fund payments: Every Monday from 10 am. to 12.30 pm. we continue to pay some cash and signpost to other organisations in Bristol like Bristol Refugee Rights or the Red Cross.
English Classes: We are now offering English classes on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11am to 12.30 pm and from 1pm to 2.30 pm! We are planning to expand our offer to Wednesdays by September. English classes are now focused on members at pre entry level and up to 4 people per class.
Building Refurbishment: We have now a newly refurbished building! For those who know it the "Romero room" has now been divided into two rooms. Therefore we have now more capacity and we will be able to have more English classes and other activities in the near future. The Assisi centre has now a new kitchen and two new toilets and a new entrance suitable for disabled people.
Internet Café: we have started an internet course for members who want to learn or ameliorate their IT skills. In partnership with St Werburghs Community Centre we are delivering 2 courses every Thursday, one for beginners (10.30 am to 12 pm) and another one for intermediate (1.30 to 3 pm). This is a a four weeks course and will hopefully help our members and prepare them for the future. Both courses are now full so we are not accepting new referrals. On the other hand, we continue to have the space available for all members to use the Internet café (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 pm).
New Staff members: We have now three new colleagues! One Support Assistant called Marta from Spain! Bienvenida Marta! Marta actually started at the beginning of June but it it seems that she has been working here for a life time! Our second new colleague is Sara and her position is Education Manager. Sara who has been also a volunteer for years and has lots of experience teaching English started at the beginning of July and is now in charge of the English classes and the learning process at Borderlands. She will help us to design a better and more focused way of teaching and expand our English provision to reach as many Borderlands members as possible. Welcome Sara!!
Our Third new colleague hasn't started yet. Her name is Caitlin and she will be the new Operations manager. We are really looking forward to working with her not only because she has a lot of experience working on the sector but also because we are confident that together we will develop the drop in and make it better for our lovely community.
Wow! our team is getting bigger after a long time :) !!