The Bristol City of Sanctuary Transport Fund is a community initiative to provide bus tickets for people seeking sanctuary in our city, who would otherwise not be able to access vital services and appointments by public transport.
Every donation made will be match funded by First Bus and will retain us a monthly allocation of free bus tickets.
Why this is important
Many of the people who our Sanctuary Transport Fund supports are destitute. Destitute asylum seekers have lost all their housing and financial support. They are not allowed to work and cannot return to the country they fled.
During this time, people need to travel across the city – to attend crucial appointments with doctors and solicitors, or go to drop-in centres for meals or reach places where they are volunteering. They also need social and moral support to survive the trauma of destitution, loss of home and identity and the pain of being disbelieved.
Alongside this, many of the people who receive the tickets are people who are required to sign at Patchway for immigration reporting. Without our tickets, they would have to walk over 5 miles to get to the station.
Bristol is a big city, and a lot of the important services for people seeking sanctuary are located centrally. Reflecting upon this, the fund has recently been expanded to include vulnerable people; those who are living on the outskirts of the city and who may otherwise find it hard to travel into the centre of Bristol.
Above all, the Transport Fund enables people to access important appointments and support services and helps to combat isolation. These tickets are a vital lifeline for many, and a way to make a real difference to the day-to-day lives of those seeking sanctuary.
Supporting the Fund
All of us have the opportunity to change the day-to-day lives of those seeking sanctuary in Bristol in a really practical way. We welcome donations of any size from individuals, businesses and community groups.
Please click here to make a one-off donation or to set up a fundraiser.
Bristol City Of Sanctuary
Account no: 20414045
Sort code: 60-83-01
Unity Trust Bank PLC, Planetary Road, Willenhall, WV1 9DG
Please make cheques payable to Bristol City of Sanctuary and post to:
Bristol City of Sanctuary, The Assisi Centre, Lawfords Gate, Bristol, BS5 0RE