Who we are

Refugee Women of Bristol is a registered charity originally set up in 2003 by a group of refugee women. They identified a number of common challenges in settling in to their new life in the UK regardless of where they came from.

Refugee Women of Bristol has grown to be the only multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation which specifically targets the needs of refugee women and is directly governed by women of the refugee and asylum seeking community in Bristol.

What we do

Each year Refugee Women of Bristol supports approximately 300 refugee and asylum-seeking women and their pre-school children.

Through our work we aim to: Raise the educational and economic status of refugee and asylum seeking women; provide access to English language learning, volunteering and training opportunities in order to increase the ability of service users to gain employment and support themselves and reduce isolation and improve confidence.

At our drop in centre we see women from all over the world, including Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Gambia and many others countries. All women from a refugee or asylum seeking background are welcome.

We offer:

  • English Language and Life Skills Classes
  • Health & Well-Being Activities (massage, gardening, aerobics, yoga)
  • Crèche for up to 10 children
  • Lunch club (free for asylum seekers)
  • Bi-lingual support in Somali, Kurdish and Arabic
  • Advice and advocacy service
  • Arts and Crafts activities (sewing, knitting, jewellery making)
  • Information workshops

Our team

We are a small organisation made up of a management committee, paid staff and a committed team of volunteers.

  • Salma Abdolgader  – Community Worker (Arabic)
  • Sana Elgoraish – Finance Worker
  • Sahra Hassan – Community Worker (Somali)
  • Layla Ismail – Advocacy worker
  • Vicki Harte – Administrator
  • Kurda Yar – Community Worker (Kurdish)

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