The b.friend project provides asylum seekers and refugees with one-to-one support. We match a volunteer with an asylum seeker or refugee for a period of up to one year, and equip them with the tools and support they need to meet regularly for companionship and support.
Befriending is listening, drinking tea, laughing, being compassionate, hearing difficult stories, showing empathy, visiting a museum or art gallery, being committed, going for a walk together, learning from another culture… and it can have a profound impact on both the volunteer and the person they meet with!
To find out more about befriending, or to sign up as a volunteer, please click the button below.
We work closely with Aid Box Connections, a 12-week program for refugees and asylum seekers who are isolated and seeking lasting friendship and community run by Aid Box CommunityContact Us
Are you creative, friendly & enthusiastic about sewing? You are invited to be part of the b.friend Craft Collective!
Ordinarily this group of asylum seeking women & fellow volunteers meet in St Stephens church cafe in central Bristol on Saturday afternoons to make beautiful things together and foster a sense of community. During Covid-19, the group are making facemasks at home that are available for sale to the public, but that are also given away to those in need through a 'pay it forward' scheme.
For more information, or to register your interest in joining the b.friend craft collective, please contact us using the button belowContact Us
Alongside our regular b.friend programme, 'Middle East b.friend' is a specific project which provides a warm welcome to families who are being resettled in Bristol through the Vulnerable Person's Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) and Vulnerable Children's Resettlement Scheme (VCRS). Our volunteer befrienders give up a little bit of their time each week to meet with them, providing a warm welcome, a listening ear, support with learning English, and help with getting around the city. We provide our volunteers with training and with ongoing support in order to fulfil this invaluable role. To volunteer as a befriender for resettled families in Bristol, or to find out more, please click the button below.Contact Us
Without b.friend, other service providers would have nowhere to refer some of the most isolated of our clients, whose isolation and exclusion would then be more likely to become entrenched.
Kate shows me everything I need in Bristol. She came along at the right time. I felt so lonely but now I don’t feel like that. Someone cares about me. She is like my sister and I don’t want to lose her.
The training was very lively and interesting. I learnt so much. It was great to meet with other people wanting to befriend and make a difference.
If you have an hour and a half to spare each week then befriending an asylum seeker or refugee could be for you. We run regular training for volunteers who wish to befriend.
For more information on becoming a befriender, contact us.
Sharing a meal together gives people from different cultures and faiths the opportunity to meet and build friendships.
We bring people together around religious festivals and feasts — like Ramadan and Christmas — to break down barriers and challenge stereotypes.
This project provides one-to-one support for refugees and asylum-seekers in Bristol, who may be isolated or struggling.
We organise special events and days out for refugees and asylum seekers, giving them a break from the challenges of daily life.
We organise trips to connect people in the UK and the Middle East, facilitating opportunities for perceptions to be changed and for friendships to be built.
We provide cultural awareness training for working crossculturally, and refugee support training for groups working with refugees, asylum-seekers, and vulnerable migrants.
We enable refugees to take a step towards employment by tutoring people in conversational Arabic.