Bristol was one of the first cities across the UK to be involved in creating the national movement of ‘City of Sanctuary’ organisations. Bristol City of Sanctuary, like others, offers welcome and sanctuary to people fleeing violence or persecution, and aims to create a supportive community across the city involving charities, businesses, individuals and groups, the council and other agencies.
At the Foundation’s June 2022 meeting, Trustees agreed a grant totalling £7,500 split across three years. The funding is towards salary costs, and will directly help administer the charity’s Transport Fund. The Fund was initiated by Bristol City of Sanctuary and works in partnership with First Bus, Bristol’s transport provider. The Fund enables around 75 asylum seekers and refugees to access free bus tickets so they are able to access appointments, services and activities. Bristol City of Sanctuary has a working arrangement with key refugee agencies across the area which make referrals to the Fund. Since the first instalment of the grant, the charity has reported that First Bus has agreed to expand the number of tickets it offers which will help even more destitute and vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees.