Borderlands awarded £48,254 for mentoring project

Borderlands has been announced as one of three charities in the ITV West Country East region to be awarded up to £50,000 worth of project funding from The People’s Projects competition.

The competition was a joint venture between ITV and The Big Lottery Fund. You can see the results being announced at our busy lunchtime drop-in at

We want to thank everyone who voted online, completed a voting postcard or spread the word to family, friends and contacts during the campaign. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by your support and it is fantastic to know how much support we have for our work.

The award of £48,254 will be used employ a Mentoring Project Manager and professional trainers to train 100 volunteers as mentors. The mentors will forge strong one-to-one relationships with asylum seekers and refugees and will be a vital point of advice and support. Mentors will help refugees to gain important local knowledge and skills that allow them to manage for themselves the sort of everyday situations that most of us take for granted. It will enable refugees to make their own way in life and help them to lead independent, productive, fulfilled lives.

The project will provide an opportunity for people to be able to help with the current immigration crisis in Europe in a practical and local way. We hope that volunteers will also greatly benefit from learning about other cultures and maybe learn more about living in Bristol themselves.  Volunteers from other local immigration charities and people from the local community will be trained, as well as existing Borderlands volunteers. We are hoping to start the project as soon as possible, with the first group of mentors likely to be trained in the summer. Please watch this space and our Facebook and Twitter pages for more details.

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We held a celebratory Barn Dance on Friday 18th March that was attended by over 80 people. We joyfully muddled our way through many traditional dances with the assistance of the amazing band, as well as being treated to some traditional dances from Eritrea, Sudan and Syria by our members. If this event was anything to go by, the project is not just going to change lives but will also be fantastic fun.

Since 2005, The People’s Projects (formerly The Peoples Millions) has given the public a say in awarding more than £30 million of National Lottery funding to 600 Good Causes across the UK. We are delighted to be part of this amazing legacy. You can find out more at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk. For any queries regarding the project, please contact Borderlands by email at enquiries.borderlands@gmail.com or phone 07718 598 188.