Bristol Hospitality Network

Financial Support for Destitute Asylum Seekers

This fundraiser is to provide £15 per week for destitute asylum seekers adversely impacted by COVID-19.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1138498)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£15,000

Donations

92

Championed by The Medlock Charitable Trust

    Categories

  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge

    Helping

  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

It is difficult for people seeking asylum to provide the right evidence. As a result, many are refused, with no right to work, rent privately, receive benefits or social housing. Their only options are illegal working, at high risk of exploitation, being severely marginalised, and often sleeping rough. Many are suffering with the effects of PTSD or living with the consequences of trauma. The only way forward is to make a fresh asylum claim, requiring stability, safety, and advice to survive.

Solution

We help members to make a fresh claim by providing accommodation, wellbeing support and access to legal advice. We also provide £10 per week via our Solidarity Fund, which increased to £20 during lockdown because all illegal work, and therefore income, stopped and members needed money for food and bare essentials. We had to reduce it to £15 p/wk in August and want to continue at this level (or more) through this appeal. The fund's annual budget is £25,200: an increase of £14,480 on 2019/20.

  • “BHN is our refuge; our mother, looking after everyone without any discrimination”

    — BHN Member

  • “BHN is a key organisation in the city supporting some of our most vulnerable residents"

    — Ann James, Commissioning Manager - Refugees at Bristol City Council