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Last Tuesday had the fourth and final training session for our new 16 mentors.
WELCOME TO BORDERLANDS AND THE MENTORING TEAM!
Our volunteer Michelle James, who is a PHD candidate at the University of Bath, has published a powerful letter in The Independent about the Nationality and Borders Bill.
This letter shows the current concerns about the Anti-Refugee bill, if you would like to read it please click here!
Today is International Women's Day and we want to celebrate it!
Olivia, our Mentoring Manager, and Lianet, our member and volunteer, will be on live from 10am to 11am on the Real Women Show on BCfm radio.
Don't miss it and tune in to listen to two amazing women
Drop In Reopening!!!
Today was the first time since covid-19 started that we opened our Drop In space for our members.This is a great opportunity for them to chat and meet other people.
Our members can now come to Borderlands every Tuesday from 11am to 2pm, collect their food and eat inside. No more takeaways!!
New Reopening Hours:
- 11am to 1pm: fresh food
- 1pm to 2pm: hot halal food
WE ARE RECRUITING VOLUNTEER MENTORS!
Would you like to provide one-to-one emotional and practical support to refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol?
We will hold an information session on 22nd of February at 18:00. During this session, one of our Mentoring Managers will explain to interested volunteers all about the project and the mentoring role.
We will also provide an extensive training over 4 sessions to new mentors and provide additional training throughout your time as a volunteer:
Training session 1: Tuesday 15th March 6-8pm
Training session 2: Tuesday 22nd March 6-8pm
Training session 3: Tuesday 29th March 6-8pm
Training session 4: Tuesday 5th April 6-8pm
Are you interested? Click HERE
We wish you a very Happy Holiday Season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year :)
We will be closed over the Christmas period from the 24th December 2021 - 4th January 2022!
We would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU all for your constant support throughout a year that has been very challenging for us due to the current health situation.
Our office team will mainly work from home due to the new restrictions.
Please feel free to contact Marta, our Project Administrator, if you have a general enquiry on the contact details below and she will get back to you as soon as possible.
Yesterday, we had a Christmas meal to thank our volunteers for their constant commitment, support, and hard work at Borderlands. Our volunteers are the heart of Borderlands and are vital for the work we do. Without them none of this would have been possible.
THANK YOU for the outstanding work you all do. With volunteers like you, we have a chance to make this world a better place!
Houria Catering made an amazing and really delicious dinner for all of us. Thank you very much for the wonderful meal and the excellent service!
This week we took our members on a boat trip around the harbour!
It was a little chilly, but everyone absolutely loved it; many mentioned they hadn’t even been to that part of Bristol before and had certainly not seen it from the water. The boat had historic commentary as we went around and many were really impressed with the history of the city and loved learning more about the place they currently call home. It was such a success we hope to run another one in the spring and are already looking forward to it
Today was a very special day at Borderlands!
It was the birthday of one of our members. She is also an outstanding volunteer as she is very dedicated and supportive with us. We would like to thank her constant support and wish her all the best! :)
This week we had a sleep support and relaxation session with the men's group!
In these sessions refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable migrants who suffer from stress, anxiety or have sleeping difficulties get advice and learn skills on how to relax and prepare before going to bed.
Are you interested or do you know someone who would be interested in these sessions? Would you like more information about these sessions?
Feel free to contact us on 07925133225 or at
We would like to thank the Recovery Navigators from HOPE: Asylum Seekers and Refugee Trauma Service for facilitating these sessions!!
Borderlands, The Haven and Trauma Foundation Southwest have written about how the Nationality and Borders Bill will affect the physical and mental health of people seeking sanctuary here.
"As organisations who support asylum seekers and refugees with their health, mental health and wellbeing, we are horrified about the likely impact of the Nationality & Borders Bill on asylum seekers, charities and services who support them, and the British public. By creating a discourse of criminalisation and an artificial distinction between asylum seekers who journey here alone to find safety and those who manage to access resettlement schemes, this bill will increase fear, shame, limbo and destitution in the UK. It will result in increasing ill health, poorer mental health, increased trauma and poorer wellbeing for asylum seekers who journey here alone. It penalises people based on their arrival route, not their protection needs".
To read the full text click here.
Illustration: Eva Bee/The Guardian
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 :) !!