News and Updates

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13/04/2021

Last Tuesday had the fourth and final training session for our new 16 mentors.

WELCOME TO BORDERLANDS AND THE MENTORING TEAM!

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16/03/2021

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!

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08/03/2022

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

https://bcfmradio.com/realwomen

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15/02/2022

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

04/02/2022

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 SESSIONS:

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

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23/12/2021

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. 

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13/12/2021

COVID-19 UPDATE:

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.

Thank you

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09/12/2021

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!

26/11/2021

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

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05/11/2021

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02/11/2021

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! :)

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01/11/2021

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27/10/2021

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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

marta@borderlands.org.uk !

We would like to thank the Recovery Navigators from HOPE: Asylum Seekers and Refugee Trauma Service for facilitating these sessions!!

15/10/2021

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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.

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08/10/2021

This video shows how communities, like Borderlands, have worked together to support refugees and people seeking asylum during coronavirus pandemic!

UPDATES 
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 :) !!

Newsletter: July 2020

21/07/2020

Find our latest newsletter here on our continued COVID-19 response and a statement from our Director on moving forward as we come out of lockdown. 

You can find our Newsletter here.

Announcing Borderlands as Gloucestershire Cricket Club's city based charity partner

12/02/2020

We are pleased to announce that Borderlands will be Gloucestershire Cricket Club’s city based charity partner in 2020 and one of three charity partners for the Club’s 150th year.

The partnership will look to raise awareness of the work Borderlands does and promote the different ways the charity provides support to those in need.
 

Gloucestershire Cricket will work with Borderlands to showcase the charity at Bristol County Ground on World Refugee Day at the Vitality Blast game against Hampshire on 20th June. The charity will also feature at the Club’s Community Day on the 26th July.
 

Facilitated by Gloucestershire Cricket, Borderlands will also link with Chance to Shine Street, a free cricket initiative run by the Gloucestershire Cricket Board that brings together young people from diverse urban communities and provides an opportunity to learn, play and develop through cricket. 

Gloucestershire Cricket players Ryan Higgins, George Scott, Graeme van Buuren and Stuart Whittingham visited Borderlands at their base in the inner-city Bristol suburb of Easton, sharing a meal with members and learning about the work of the charity.


Speaking on the experience, all-rounder George Scott said, “It was amazing to see what a great job Borderlands do within our Bristol community and meet some of the people who have come into their community from around the world. Hearing about the extraordinary troubles they encountered in their lives and the journeys from their homelands to the UK gives you a huge sense of perspective and fills you with the sincerest sympathy. I’m delighted the Club have partnered with Borderlands to help and welcome these new members of our community.”

Mark Dunn, Director at Borderlands said, “We are very happy to work in partnership with Gloucestershire Cricket in 2020. We are incredibly grateful for the Club’s solidarity with new members of our community. The support from the Club will help Borderlands continue our vital work of ensuring refugees and asylum seekers can find safety and belonging in their new community in Bristol. Our members are very excited about the partnership and we’re looking forward to putting on some great events with the Club to raise vital money to support our work and increase the opportunities for our members to access cricket and sport.”
 

Will Brown, Gloucestershire Cricket CEO said, “We are excited to welcome Borderlands as the Club’s city based charity partner for the 2020 season and work with them to support their members as much as we can. Highlighting the need to work together as one community really struck a chord with the Club’s vision and values. Whilst we were inundated with charity partner applications, we

felt the work of Borderlands was particularly outstanding and we look forward to supporting their fantastic work.”

Newsletter: January 2020

30/01/2020

Launching our urgent Borderlands 50,000 appeal to raise an additional £50,000 to support our vital work for the next 6 months. Find out more how you can help the appeal!

Read our Newsletter here

Newsletter: November 2019

14/11/2019

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

Click here to read
 

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

02/06/2019

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

03/05/2019

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.

26/11/2018

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.

30/09/2018

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

30/09/2018

Read our Newsletter issued October 2018

Peer mentoring - Supporting our members from the get go.

12/08/2018

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

27/08/2018

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

01/03/2018

Read our Newsletter: March 2018 here!

Newsletter: November 2017

01/11/2017

Read our Newsletter: November 2017 here!

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