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If you are a refugee living in North Somerset, you can access information on this page about services that can support you in finding employment or developing your skills. We understand how challenging and confusing it can be when you are seeking the necessary help and advice and trying to navigate your way around a completely new system.


Refugees Welcome North Somerset

RWNS is a volunteer-led group that supports refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people in North Somerset. It offers rehoming, donations, befriending, welcome café, and campaigning and fundraising activities.

Their work includes:

  • Rehoming – preparing secure, comfortable accommodation for displaced people in the South West
  • Donations – linking donations of items to those in need
  • Befriending – our companionship service welcomes new arrivals and helps people settle into the area
  • Welcome Centres – regular sessions for resettled refugees and newly arrived individuals
  • Welcome Meals – opportunities to gain confidence and skills while sharing dishes from home
  • Campaigning and fundraising – wider activities that support those in need of a safe place to go

Every Wednesday between 10.30AM and 3.30PM, the Welcome Centre is open to help and support refugees with CV writing, job search, jobs interview practice and with information and advice sessions about benefits, local job market, housing and taxes.

12 Waterloo St, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1LG


Race Equality North Somerset

Founded in 2015, RENS is a charity promoting the welfare and wellbeing of minoritized ethnic communities across North Somerset, they provide support for a range of issues, including:

  • employment, finances, poverty and bank accounts
  • Immigration, social care, carers and foodbanks
  • social integration, isolation and housing
  • police matters, discrimination and racial harassment
  • physical and mental health, domestic abuse and honour-based violence risks

RENS can even support with the consequences and effects of Brexit and can support you and your family. Their support ranges from addressing social and legal injustices to skills training and empowerment and celebrations at our cultural events.

You can also get support with bi-lingual English lessons or find fellowship at the regular Wellbeing Café.

12 Orchard Place, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1QP

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