URGENT APPEAL - Please Help!
Aid Box Community is homeless
WE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY
We have received the very sad news that our service can no longer be provided from our Hub in Redland as the building is not fit for purpose. While we always knew we could not stay there for good, we thought we have more time to raise the money needed to move. Our premises is a vital, life-giving place for people to come and be welcomed with humanity and dignity and we work very closely with the other refugee organisations in Bristol who refer people to us regularly.
You, our community, have been on the side of humanitarian response to tragedy and suffering as people have fled wars, persecution and natural disaster. You have been the reason we have been able to pour cups of tea, listened and been a friend, given socks and saucepans – the basic building blocks of life. From the Hub on Waverley Road we have launched our free shop and other projects and in two years have supported more than 400 families and individuals in building their home in Bristol. And our hundreds of amazing volunteers have also recycled ton upon ton of donations that would have otherwise been sent to landfill.
Today our situation is simple – with no home we have no service. Rent for a new place for the first year will cost around £25K. That is a LOT of money – it’s money we don’t currently have. We know that we can do this with your help – but time is against us. We now have to achieve our target to be able to move. The longer we are without a premises, the longer the people we support will go without. As well as the need to raise 25K for rent, we are also interested in anyone who may have property options for us to look at. We need circa 2000 sq ft, with good transport links. As always we can be very creative with the right building. With your help we can find a new home as soon as possible and get back to what we do best – providing support, supplies and sanctuary to those who need it most.
We can’t do what we do without you!
AID BOX COMMUNITY
Providing Support, Supplies and Sanctuary to Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Our vision is a world where every refugee and asylum seeker is given the opportunity to start a new life.
Our mission is to uphold the basic rights of refugees and asylum seekers by providing practical aid, support and direction and, by doing so, making their daily lives a little easier.
We provide Bristol's asylum seekers & refugees with a safe haven to relax and socialise as well as access our 'Free Shop' where they can choose from a huge variety of high quality donated clothes, shoes, household items, furniture and other essentials, that will help them live more comfortably as they settle in Bristol.
Why we do what we do
We believe all refugees and asylum seekers should have access to practical, useful help and advice to aid them in the creation of their new lives.
Aid Box began as a group of volunteers who responded to the humanitarian crisis in the refugee camps of Northern France. We simply wanted to supply practical supplies and help so that people had basic access to food, shelter and advice.
We have now entered a new phase that aims to aid social and economic integration of the people who are seeking sanctuary in the UK.
To us, it’s all about providing and enabling the first steps towards a new life.
We cant do this without you: Want to help? Whether you want to come and help sort donations, work in the free shop, put your skills to good use, donate money or supplies, or hold a fundraiser, get in touch and we’ll help make it happen.
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