Bristol Hospitality Network

Support our Solidarity Fund for asylum seekers

BHN’s Solidarity Fund goes directly to our members to relieve financial hardship. Destitute asylum seekers have no right to work or public funds, so providing basic necessities is extremely challenging. With your support we can give £20 per week to asylum seekers hosted by BHN to buy essential items

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1138498)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£15,711

Donations

56

Championed by The Medlock Charitable Trust

    Categories

  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

It is difficult for people seeking asylum to provide the right evidence to support their claim. If they are refused they lose their accommodation, have no right to work and no recourse to public funds. While they can appeal this decision, at this stage there is no easy way to provide themselves with the basics they need - simply to survive. They cannot rent privately or access social housing, and are legally unable to work. Without money or accommodation, many become destitute.

Solution

Your donation will help us provide £20 per week for all BHN members, who are people seeking asylum, through our Solidarity Fund. This is offered to people who are hosted in our network of accommodation in Bristol, and can pay for essentials. Examples include food, toiletries, clothing, cleaning products, bus tickets, masks, and hand sanitiser. As well as providing funds, BHN works with all our members to support their need for accommodation, help with their asylum claim, and support wellbeing.

  • If we didn't have something like this [BHN], it would be very, very difficult for everyone.

    — BHN member

  • At least you can put something in your pocket for the week. Without that… some people would have suffered a lot.

    — BHN member

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

    — Anne James, Bristol City Council