Project information

Asylum Support Project

Our mission is to prevent destitution among asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers through enabling access to advocacy, information, advice and support.

January 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: Bristol Refugee Rights

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  • Need


    -Asylum seekers have limited access to statutory financial support and accommodation and this results in high levels of poverty and homelessness which can last for many years.
    -There are no other places in Bristol to signpost to and no legal aid available.
    -Asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers are not getting sufficient support; particularly women in these categories, are extremely vulnerable to exploitation including trafficking, slavery and sexual abuse.


    Asylum seekers will receive advice on making applications for asylum support, get support with making applications and with challenging refusals. Asylum seekers are supported throughout the application and appeal process to gather evidence to support their claim and to respond to Home Office requests for additional information.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the impact of poverty and destitution for asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol


    » Train and support volunteers to conduct interviews and provide administrative support to the project.
    » Provide access to advocacy, information, advice and support at BRR's Welcome Centre.
    » Gather data to inform judicial challenges and campaigning.

    When our members get refugee status or are granted s95 and s4 support and an accommodation by the Local Authority or by the National Referral Mechanism for trafficked people.

  • Impact


    People supported by the Asylum Support Project are able to make use of other services offered by Bristol Refugee Rights. These services aim to provide safety, solidarity and be a place for positive change. In the long term asylum seekers become refugees and integrate into the wider society. Working with other organisations they are supported to work and or volunteer in the city.


    Lack of funding is a risk. - we apply to diverse funding sources in line with our income generation strategy. We have a small team of staff supporting fundraising and a Finance and Fundraising sub committee who meet at least quarterly to plan strategically.
    Sufficient and suitable volunteers to support and stay with the project - we have a Volunteer Manager who recruits and trains volunteers for all of the projects BRR run. He can appeal to networks when we are short of volunteers.


    Individual donors can receive regularly project updates and general supporters receive a quarterly newsletter. We write formal reports on projects for trusts and foundations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,742

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,420 Staff costs Staff costs
      £198 Insurance Insurance Expense
      £438 Office Office Expense + Telephone/ Mobile/ Internet
      £36 Payroll Fees Payroll fees
      £960 Translation and Interpreting Translation and Interpreting
      £2,826 Management Charge Management Charge
      £600 Rent Room Hire
      £264 Travel Travel Expenses for volunteers
  • Background


    Bristol Refugee Rights (BRR) is a registered charity, the largest and most well established drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol. Founded in 2006, BRR is a highly respected service delivery and campaigning organisation.


    Our members are people living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire who are seeking asylum or who have recently been granted leave to remain. In 11 years we have welcomed around 3000 people (adults, minors aged 16-17, and pre-school children), from over 70 countries of origin. A third of the membership is female. In the last 2 years we have received over 400 new members each year; when they first attend; almost everyone is waiting for a decision on an asylum application.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Each day we welcome and support an average of 80 asylum seekers and refugees. 83% of members said that coming to the Welcome Centre makes them feel a lot better and 72% of members said the advice and support they received was very useful, 28% said it was useful.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tony Jaffray

    Advocacy and Information Desk Manager; a qualified but non practicing solicitor with over 17 years experience working with asylum seekers.

    Deb Gubbay

    Asylum Support Project Manager; with approximately 6 yrs experience assisting applications for asylum support and successfully appealing refusals.