The ABC Free Shop is a place where destitute asylum seekers, refugees and anyone living in poverty can come to get clothes, shoes, household items, food and other essentials they need.

Opening hours

  • Tuesdays 11am-3pm - all welcome
  • Wednesdays 11am-3pm - women only
  • Thursdays 11am-3pm - all welcome

Why are we running a Free Shop?

Asylum seekers receive just £5 a day to live on. Asylum seekers who have been denied the right to remain receive nothing at all. Refugees who have been granted the right to remain in the UK are legally allowed to work, but once granted permission to stay, they have just 27 days to find somewhere to live, get a job or to sign on at the job centre to claim housing support. The system is complicated and involves travelling to various appointments, which is particularly difficult for for people who are in a new country, with a different culture, speaking a new language and with very little money for their daily needs.

Due to these reasons many asylum seekers and refugees become destitute.

The ABC Free Shop provides free basic items needed to make people's lives a little more comfortable. We also support other homeless people in Bristol by passing on good quality items that we can’t use.

We’re working in partnership with City of Sanctuary, Borderlands, Bristol Refugee Rights, Unseen, Befriend, the Red Cross and Brighter Bristol, as well as the Syrian Welcoming Committee who refer refugees and asylum seekers in need of our service.

How can you help?

Donate stuff - we need clean, good quality household items or food and other everyday supplies. Please check the list of what’s needed for info and drop-off times.

Volunteer - many hands make light work so come and help sort aid, keep the shop tidy and be a welcoming face to refugees and asylum seekers. Take a look at the volunteer page to find out when and how you can help.