News and Updates

Newsletter: November 2019


Find our latest Newsletter here! Including a message from our new director, meet our new staff team and an update on our work.

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Borderlands releases new report on food poverty: experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol


How many asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol go hungry and are unable to afford food ? How many suffer from food poverty?


Borderlands has released a report a report into food poverty amongst asylum seeking and refugees in Bristol. The report uncovers the unexplored issues of affordability of food, access to kitchen equipment, unbalanced diets, hunger and the sacrifice of food.


Key findings:

- Asylum support (approximately around £37.75) amounts to less than the national average that a British person spends on food

-52% of asylum seekers and refugees have been or are unable to afford sufficient food

- Many asylum seekers and refugees do not have basic kitchen equipment, including half not having access to a freezer, limiting storage and thus consumption options


The report further highlights the hardship experienced by many of our members in the UK and the barriers to the meeting of basic needs and living with dignity, as well as the crucial role of the third sector that acts as a safety net for the marginalised.


Click here to read the full report. 

Borderlands Fundraising Concert


On the 4th of May, Borderlands held a spring fundraising concert in the wonderful Clifton Cathedral. Accomplished Organist Joachim Schwander led us on an exciting journey, with a recital titled 'From the Bachs to the Archers', taking us through a diverse musical landscape. The purpose of this event was to raise money for Borderlands in order to support its projects as well as differing funds that we have to support asylum seekers and refugees in need. The recital had an excellent turn out and we managed to raise lots of money, thanks to Joachim's beautiful recital and generous donations from the public. 

"Chineke !" at Borderlands.


Borderlands is extremely proud to host the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of majority black and minority ethnic musicians. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras.

Climate Coalition - Borderlands joining the fight against climate change.


Climate change is already impacting on the things we love and cherish both here in our own backyards and around the world — whether it is the pitches where we play cricket and football, the puffins who make their home along our coastlines, the woodlands where we walk, or communities affected by extreme weather events in other countries. A vast majority of our members come from countries affected by climate change. Here at Borderlands, we feel it is our duty to join the fight against run away climate change.

Newsletter: October 2018


Read our Newsletter issued October 2018

Peer mentoring - Supporting our members from the get go.


Our new peer mentoring project focuses on support delivered to our newest members from trained and experienced peers who usually speak the same language. Peer mentors help members get the most out of services available to them here at Borderlands as well as in neighbouring organisations aimed at refugees and asylum seekers. 

Meat donation send message of hope and support


Abdul Malik, owner of Pak Butchers and chair of Easton Jamia Mosque, this week coordinated a group effort to donate around 50 kilos of meat to Borderlands, to mark the end of the Islamic holiday Eid Ul Adha.

“I feel this is one example of the contribution and sacrifice contributing to a local cause, I feel it’s important we think about our locals before choosing national or global causes to contribute to. The meat sends a message of hope and support to local people from local people, it also gives meaning to the contributors and their families, encourages families especially children to give to charity and the whole mission turns a spotlight to this amazing local cause” Abdul Malik. 

Newsletter: March 2018


Read our Newsletter: March 2018 here!

Newsletter: November 2017


Read our Newsletter: November 2017 here!

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