Mission Projects

Simeon Counselling Centre
B.R.A.S.S. - Befriending Refugees And Asylum Seekers
Mission Cafe and Cafe Cappella based at Victoria Hall
Best Buffets - outside catering
BAND IT - Information technology training
Cafe Arts Project
Four Seasons Gardening Project

B.R.A.S.S. - Befriending Refugees And Asylum Seekers

The drop-in centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Aplace where people can meet and make new friends. You can learn about English culture, have basic English lessons and take part in English conversations.

We have pool, table tennis and a variety of board games and you can even access the internet and learn to use the computer.

We can help you to understand your Home Office letters and direct you for further help and advice.

The drop-in is open every Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm. For more information please ring B.R.A.S.S. on 01204 397152.

B.R.A.S.S.started in August 2001. It was recognised by many who work in the community i.e. Social Workers, Health Visitors, and Teachers, that although Bolton had a large number of Asylum Seekers living within the community many of them were isolated, lonely and very much socially excluded.
It was in recognition of this that B.R.A.S.S., a project of Bolton Befriending Forum came into being.
For the first year B.R.A.S.S. was run by a group of volunteers who held weekly drop-in sessions at the Unity Centre in Bolton town centre. As the drop-in became more popular, the Unity Centre was out-grown and B.R.A.S.S. began to look for new premises. In October 2002 we were welcomed into the Victoria Hall and have been holding our weekly drop-ins there every Wednesday from 1-6pm.

The focus of B.R.A.S.S. is

To reduce isolation by helping asylum seekers to intergrate fully within the Bolton community.
To break down barriers that have been created by negative media coverage and miss-information.
And to offer a relaxed, informal atmosphere where people can meet.



Many people are happy to offer friendship to people who are seeking asylum in Bolton, some offer friendship at our drop-in on Wednesday afternoon, while others extend this to include accompanying people to appointments and some volunteers extend their friendship and welcome people to their homes to join in family activities.

B.R.A.S.S. also provides volunteers who will sit with and practice conversational english, either on a one to one basis or in a group. Volunteers also provide help and support in understanding official letters written in english.

Training in basic computer skills with support is also available - we have various courses to suit all levels of ability.

B.R.A.S.S. offers a friendly, informal atmosphere where people from different backgrounds and cultures can come together.