Bristol Somali Resource Centre (BSRC) was established in 2008 to support people who are socially disadvantaged, in particular (but not limited to) Somali immigrants and refugees who are living or working in Bristol and surrounding areas. We work with the most disadvantaged people in Bristol, resolving many problems and challenges that they face such as economic, health, cultural and language barriers. We help them engage in the economic and social life of the city.
We provide free and impartial information, advice, and guidance on a range of issues including welfare, housing, schools and education, job applications, wellbeing, employment, debt, volunteering opportunities and other social and health needs.
We offer culturally and language appropriate services to thousands of people in the Somali community as well as many other people experiencing chronic deprivation, multiple needs and crises. In all our services, we focus on what people need and give them the time they need to address the problems and issues they are faced with; we are outcome focused not target focused.
We provide accessible advice and advocacy without the need for interpreters across a range of topics including benefits, housing, employment and consumer rights; to deliver community projects such as ESOL.
We address wellbeing and mental health issues holistically in order to: reduce mental health inequality; help service users of all ages to thrive, cope with life and develop the skills and knowledge they need.
We empower people to improve their employment prospects through training and skills development; more awareness of opportunities; addressing issues of exploitation.