What's On Welcome Wednesdays Welcome Wednesday is a wonderful space for people who are relatively new to the UK and our city to connect with others, as well as our youth team – it’s been so popular that we’ve now extended it to an extra session on a Thursday too! What do the sessions offer? If you're a young refugee or asylum-seeker living in Bristol, come along to this regular drop-in session at The Station. Meet new people in the city, improve your English, and get some extra support in a safe environment. Share your story, get your voice heard and have fun – we make music, graffiti, play sports and often go on trips within the city. How do I refer a young person? When young people face such complex challenges, youth work can enable them to build relationships and connect with others. This provides them with a lifeline in a new and unfamiliar country. We need to ensure that we have the capacity to support all attendees, so please support us by referring young people through our referral form. REFER A YOUNG PERSON Details Ages? 13-19 year olds When? Wednesdays Time? 5pm - 7pm How much? Free Welcome Wed Xtra: 5-7pm Thursdays Should I book? We need to ensure that we have the capacity to support all attendees, so please support us by referring young people through our referral form. For more info about Welcome Wednesday you can email [email protected], call 07864 920 409 or send Emma a message on Facebook. This session is part of the Targeted Youth Services programme in Bristol and is funded by Bristol City Council. Do you want to support young refugees? Make a donation: Please select a donation amount (required) £12 Could give a young carer an evening of fun activities, taking a break from their caring responsibilities £25 Could provide an hour’s specialist support for a young person struggling with their mental health £35 Could cover the cost of food for five sessions for young asylum seekers and refugees Other Set up a regular payment Donate Related Initiatives As part of Welcome Wednesday, we’ve developed a Young Leaders Group and a Migrant Young Women’s provision to offer additional opportunities and empower the young people we support. Young Leaders' Participation Project In partnership with Bristol Refugee Rights, we have developed a participation project for 13-25 year olds, to support and empower our members and others with lived experience of the asylum process, and/or unsettled immigration status, to speak out about their experiences and to be a voice for change in Bristol. A Dedicated Space for Young Women Welcome Wednesday members are predominately male unaccompanied youths (not all, but most). The perilous journeys young people face to Europe means few young women make this journey. However, with a small group of young women coming along to sessions, we’ve taken steps to develop the provision for young women within our Welcome Thursday sessions (for both accompanied and unaccompanied migrant young women) bringing together young women from Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Syria and Hungary together and providing them with a dedicated space and youth worker, with the option to mix or have their own space. You can read more about the ways we’re supporting young refugees and asylum seekers over on our blog. READ MORE ON THE BLOG What young people think Coming to Welcome Wednesdays has meant that I can talk to people more easily now. I’m less shy and more confident. Amara Being here helped me meet new people. We play games and have fun and I get to practice speaking English while socialising with others. Kayan This gets me doing lots of different things, helps me explore my interests. For example, we tried yoga for the first time today and I’m looking to get involved in photography. We also go on trips in and out of Bristol, which is fun. This helps me meet new people, we have parties and everyone is really friendly; there’s a real sense of community, it’s a nice place to come to. I also get support with CV stuff and practicing my English. Sammy What next? Want to know more about this club night or have a chat before you join us? Drop us a line at [email protected] or ring us on 0117 947 7948. You can also get personal advice and support at The Station. How can we help?