BHN's Late Summer Newsletter
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Dear <<First Name>>, 


Hope you have had a good summer, lots has happened since we sent out our last newsletter. Refugee Week seems like a distant memory, make sure to read our round-up further down below. 

Naomi Millner has taken some time to go on a sabbatical research break until the end of the year, and has stepped down as chair of trustees. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Naomi who has been chairing the board since the start of BHN for everything she has given to the network through the years. Her energy, kindness and dedication have shaped BHN through the years - thank you Naomi! 

Steve Watters has taken up the role as Chair, and we are sure with his knowledge and expertise he will carry on shaping the work of the network. 

If you would like to know more about BHN's governance, make sure to join us at our Annual Feast on
Tuesday 4th October at Hamilton House
 

Meet our new host Sam


Sam has joined us as host at our men’s hostel. Hosts make sure the house is a welcoming environment and support our members with day to day stuff, and building community. Sam has joined our hosts James and Susan in this role.

"I would like to thank all of the members and volunteers at BHN who have welcomed me so warmly to the network. It is inspiring to join such a dedicated team."

Click here to read more.

Cafe Des Amis Fundraising BBQ


We'd like to extend a huge thank you to our friends at Cafe des Amis who raised £86 for BHN at their July barbeque. The event was held to raise enough money for Bristol Hospitality Network to purchase our own barbeque and was an all-round success. Cafe des Amis are based in Easton Community Centre and host a variety of inclusive and family friendly events.

Click here to visit their Facebook page.

Bristol Refugee Hackday

During Refugee Week, we participated in the first ever Bristol Refugee Hackday. It was a great opportunity to raise awareness about asylum issues with a new group of people.

The event offered a unique opportunity for those with coding, social media and web skills to work together with those who have personal experience of the asylum system and the needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol – and create digital solutions to address the problems they face.

Alba Lanau, co-organiser of the Bristol Refugee Hack Day says: “We have a very strong network of organisations in Bristol that are helping asylum seekers and refugees and we can do more. Technology cannot solve all the problems, but we can address some of the issues asylum seekers face in Bristol.”

Click here to read more.

BHN Annual Feast 2016

We will be hosting our annual feast on Tuesday 4th October at Hamilton House (80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY). Our annual feast is what most charities refer to as their Annual General Meeting (AGM), so we will not only be enjoying a nice meal and conversation, but we'll also have some time to catch up with what BHN has been up to this last year and what is to come. 

If you are on Facebook you can join our event here - this helps us calculate how many people are coming and sitting arrangements, and you can invite your friends!

RIP Kamil

In early July, the tragic news spread that Kamil Ahmed had been killed at his home on the Wells Road in Bristol. Kamil, aged 49, was a well-loved Kurdish Iraqi asylum seeker who, since 2011, was well known at Bristol Hospitality Network, Bristol Refugee Rights, the British Red Cross and Borderlands. Kamil had been living in supported accommodation for people with mental health issues and we understand that another resident attacked and killed him in the early hours of Thursday morning, 7th July.

Kamil is remembered as someone who always greeted people with a smile. He was warm and friendly, a gentle presence. People who knew him also said, “He would always take time to help other people, even when he had so many problems himself.” Since his death, there has been a lot of sadness among staff, volunteers and the refugee community, especially among those in the Kurdish community who knew him best. 

Our thoughts are with Kamil’s family and friends.

Bristol Refugee Festival 2016


This year our celebrated annual Refugee Week became the Refugee Festival in Bristol with events spanning a whole month. The festival commenced on 24th May with the Refugee Women of Bristol Annual Dance at the Malcolm X Centre and the official launch in June saw Queens Square filled with food, live music, singing, dancing and games. Everything from film screenings at the Watershed to football tournaments were included in the festival line-up.

Click here to read more.
And finally...

Here are some new photos from the Asylum Seekers Community Gardens! For information about the project and getting involved, you can visit their Facebook page here.
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