Refugee aid gets a boost

September 29 2017

Redland refugee and asylum seekers charity, Aid Box Community, has received a generous donation from the Aberdeen Charitable Foundation.

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Redland refugee and asylum seekers charity, Aid Box Community, has received a generous donation from the Aberdeen Charitable Foundation.

Formed in 2015 by a group of Bristol residents to supply essential supplies and goods to refugees in Northern France, Aid Box Community (ABC) is a charity seeking to help refugees settle and integrate in Bristol.

ABC has a Hub and a Free Shop which opened in May at its base in the Redland area of Bristol, where people in need can access practical aid, support and direction, or a cup of tea and a chat. This is alongside the free shop where donated goods, clothes and hygiene products can be collected free by refugees and asylum seekers who find themselves living in the city with few belongings.

The £4,900 sum has been given to Aid Box Community (ABC), which will be spent on updating the infrastructure of its building as well as providing basic living essentials for the growing refugee population in the Bristol area.

There will also be team building volunteering days where Aberdeen staff members will be taking part in some of the maintenance work on the hub as well as volunteering.

Imogen McIntosh, founder and director of ABC, said: “Aberdeen Charitable Foundation’s incredibly generous donation has come at an important time for us as we continue to develop and grow as an organisation. There’s a huge demand for increasingly complex and diverse levels of support for people who have arrived with not even anything to sleep in. We will be using this money mostly to make our hub even more comfortable for people who travel to our hub as well as making some essential repairs on the building itself.”