Type of service
Hosting, UASC befriending, Family Meet & Greet Service
Birmingham Community Hosting Network is a volunteer led charity working to harness the enthusiasm of local people to offer friendship and hospitality to people seeking sanctuary in the Birmingham area.
We were first established in 2011 as a hosting network aiming to relieve the destitution of asylum seekers whose support and accommodation from the Home Office has been cut off. We have supported a growing network of amazing volunteer hosts to provide accommodation to individuals experiencing destitution in their journey through the asylum process. Since then, BIRCH has grown to incorporate a further two projects. The Family Befriending Project supports local volunteer families to befriend young refugees aged 16-21 who have come to the UK alone, usually as unaccompanied minors.
The Meet and Greet caters for families with children in who have recently arrived in the country, offering welcome, friendship and activities to overcome isolation. Much of our work is currently effected by the Covid-19 pandemic and services are not currently able to operate in their usual way.
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