A charity which supports refugees and asylum seekers is looking for new trustees.

Bridport Refugee Support Campaign (BRSC) is celebrating almost three years in operation and is now looking for new trustees to join its board to continue supporting refugees and asylum seekers within Bridport and the West Dorset area. 

Since the inception of the group, they have helped a family of four from Sudan resettle in Bridport via the official Home Office Community Sponsorship resettlement scheme, helped two families from El Salvador resettle in the area, provided practical assistance for a nurse from Uganda who has come to work at Bridport Hospital and supported residents of the Bibby Stockholm barge.

The charity also held a fundraising evening in November 2023 which raised more than £1,000 to help provide support such as winter clothing and essential toiletries for the residents of the Bibby Stockholm barge at Portland Port.

The event included the popular band The Skalatans, Dorset Red Choir, local poet Dylan Ross and well-known DJ Santa.

Currently, the Board of Trustees has eight members and is looking to increase this by a further two people.

The charity is keen to hear from anyone who has an interest in this area of work, particularly if they have had direct experience of either working with refugees or lived experience of the issues faced by this group.

Additionally, the charity is looking for new trustees to support its work in the area of publicity and social media.

Chair of Trustees, Barry Lovejoy said: “The refugee families already settled in Bridport have been warmly welcomed by the community, so we know there are many people here who are committed to bringing refugees here and supporting them.

"We hope some of those people will want to become more involved in the work of our charity by joining our board of trustees.”

Anyone interested in becoming a trustee email  BridportRSG@gmail.com