Charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers through coronavirus crisis gets £5k

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Aid Box Community is delivering vital supplies

“To date, with the help of the Quartet Foundation, we have been able to deliver 823 food packages to 337 families, which equates to an amazing 5761 meals!” says Robin Adlem.

-Robin Adlem Aid Box Community Chief Executive

A Bristol charity is delivering aid boxes full of daily essentials to hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers across the city – thanks to a Coronavirus 2020 Response Fund grant.

The funding is helping them coordinate and run a virtual community connections service for refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol.

As well as the food box deliveries they’ve also launched their Aid Box Connections Service which links each of the charity’s existing 45 volunteers with a client. The volunteers are checking in with the refugees and asylum seekers via phone or online video call to see how they’re getting on. This friendship and support helps relieve isolation and connects them with services.

The charity needed financial support to buy essential living items for their often destitute service users. They also needed fuel for the delivery vehicle.

Aid Box Community chief executive Robin Adlem said: “We currently have around 400 refugees and asylum seekers on our books in Bristol.

 “In mid March we were forced to close our shop on Stokes Croft, where we usually welcome refugees and asylum seekers to collect free clothing and household goods.

“Due to coronavirus, we had to quickly re-evaluate our services.

 “Quartet Community Foundation was so responsive and the money we have received has allowed us to respond to the situation and make changes to our service very quickly.

“This funding has meant we can carry on our services, in a different way, to support refugees and asylum seekers during this very difficult time.

“The support of the Quartet Community Foundation was exactly what we needed and it’s given us a real head start when responding to the coronavirus outbreak.”