The Free Shop is a place where vulnerable and impoverished refugees and asylum seekers can come to get clothes, shoes, household items, food, and other essentials. The aim is to help them live more comfortably as they settle in Bristol.

Why are we running a Free Shop?

Asylum seekers receive just five pounds 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 in order to claim housing support. The system is complicated and involves travelling to various appointments, which is particularly difficult for people who are in a new country, surrounded by a different culture, speaking a new language, and with very little money for their daily needs.