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Borderlands is a charity that works with asylum seekers and refugees. Through various projects, we support disadvantaged and excluded people to improve their lives and their personal situations. Our aim is to tackle destitution and isolation, enable participation in the community and improve wellbeing.

City of Bristol College

At City of Bristol College we have part-time ESOL courses for adults at all levels. You can choose to study at any of our centres (College Green, Ashley Down or The Park Centre, Kingswood) and find a course time to suit you. Learners enrolled on ESOL courses can also choose to study Maths.

Our International English courses prepare you for Cambridge English exams: PET, FCE, CAE, CPE and IELTS.

We also have full-time ESOL courses if you are 16-19 years old.


Himilo was set up as a training subsidiary to ACH. We provide short, vocational training courses in Bristol and the West Midlands to upskill clients.  These courses are not just for our refugee tenants, they are available to the wider community.

Refugee Women of Bristol

Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB) is the only multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation which specifically targets the needs of refugee women in Bristol, we are directly governed by women of the refugee and asylum-seeking community.

Through our work we aim to: Raise the educational and economic status of refugee and asylum seeking women; provide access to English language learning, volunteering and training opportunities in order to increase the ability of service users to gain employment and support themselves and reduce isolation and improve confidence.

We run weekly (term time only) ESOL classes, run by our volunteers. Our lessons focus on teaching practical language skills that women can use in their daily lives, for example going to the doctors, shopping or applying for jobs. English language and life skills support continues to be a primary activity at our weekly drop-in.