Connecting — We create opportunities for people from different cultures and faiths to meet and build friendships.
Supporting — We support some of the most marginalised in society by providing one-to-one support for asylum seekers and refugees.
Equipping — We deliver training that develops cultural awareness and sensitivity, and enables people to have positive cross-cultural interactions.
Sharing — We tell stories that challenge people’s perceptions and build better understanding.
Through these connections and experiences, we seek to inspire and equip people to become active agents of change, building a more cohesive society where people are better neighbours, newcomers feel more welcome and cities are more inclusive.
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, struggling or new to the city.
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.
I’ve been here 3 months and you can really feel lost when you first arrive. You are overwhelmed by everything so it’s really helpful to attend a course like this where you learn new things about the country, your responsibilities and your rights here, what is accepted in British society, and how to look after yourself and your family.
The trip was even better than expected. We met some very inspirational people, and learned about the conflict and how it affects people's daily lives. I learned that I definitely had some misconceptions and assumptions before coming, and it has made me reflect on how I would act if I was in a similar situation, and how I can try to be more tolerant and positive in difficult situations.
I think Sharing Ramadan is important because a lot of frictions in communities happen because of ignorance, and I think that one of the best ways to get over that is to educate each other... We need to foster mutual respect to increase understanding between our communities.
My befriender Chris is a good friend… someone to talk to. I live alone and go to college just 2 days a week. I cannot get a job. This is difficult for me. Chris helps me to feel normal.
Regular giving enables us to plan ahead for Bridges activities and growth.
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