There are already organisations in Birmingham providing support to asylum seekers and refugees. They include funded charities, faith groups and a number of organisations solely supported by voluntary effort.

This is not an exhaustive list. If you are involved with (or know of) an organisation that we should include, please get in touch: [email protected]

I'm experiencing destitution
If you’re experiencing destitution, these organisations can provide support:

Birch

Birch Community Hosting Network << www.birchnetwork.org >> BIRCH is a small, volunteer led charity working across Birmingham to support vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. We run three projects: A weekly ‘Meet and Greet Lunch’ for families at risk of destitution runs at St Martin’s Youth Centre in Highgate, and offers refugee and migrant… Read more »

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British Red Cross

British Red Cross << www.redcross.org.uk >> The Red Cross Mission is to support people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are, including asylum seekers and refugees. The provides services for asylum seekers and refugees in West Midlands, Staffordshire and Warwickshire with clinics running in: Birmingham –Weekly Tuesdays and Friday (7 Lowe Street, Camphill, B12 0ER9:30… Read more »

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Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes << www.brushstrokessandwell.org.uk >> Brushstrokes mission is to support vulnerable groups including newcomers to the UK and support their integration. We work with asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Smethwick and West Birmingham. The services they provide include: ESOL teaching from pre-entry to Level One taught by volunteers and college tutors. This includes ESOL… Read more »

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Hope Projects

Hope Projects << www.hope-projects.org.uk >> The Hope projects work to help destitute asylum-seekers and other new migrants barred from public funds in the West Midlands. Activities include: Hope Destitution Fund, makes fortnightly cash grants to destitute asylum seekers, Hope Housing, provides emergency accommodation for homeless asylum seekers, Ujamaa, providescounselling and casework support for asylum-seeker and… Read more »

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No Recourse to Public Funds team

No Recourse to Public Funds team – Birmingham City Council << No website – contact via telephone: 0121 675 6979 >> NRPF provides information and signposting services to vulnerable people who are unable to access statutory services. Providing assessments, information regarding welfare benefits, housing support and adult social care support.

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Solihull Churches

Solihull Churches Asylum Seeker Support Group Solihull Welcome is a drop in Centre close to the Home Office Reporting Centre in Solihull which serves the West Midlands. We are open on Wednesdays and Fridays offering free refreshments to people who are signing at the Reporting Centre. Everyone is welcome regardless of religion or ethnicity. We… Read more »

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St. Chad’s Sanctuary

St. Chad’s Sanctuary << www.stchadssanctuary.com >> St. Chad’s Sanctuary has been open since 2010 and helps refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. We offer a warm welcome and a friendly face to those in need. Thanks to incredible volunteers and donors, we are able to provide a range of practical support… Read more »

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I need help with housing
If you need support with housing, these organisations can help:

Birch

Birch Community Hosting Network << www.birchnetwork.org >> BIRCH is a small, volunteer led charity working across Birmingham to support vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. We run three projects: A weekly ‘Meet and Greet Lunch’ for families at risk of destitution runs at St Martin’s Youth Centre in Highgate, and offers refugee and migrant… Read more »

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Hope Projects

Hope Projects << www.hope-projects.org.uk >> The Hope projects work to help destitute asylum-seekers and other new migrants barred from public funds in the West Midlands. Activities include: Hope Destitution Fund, makes fortnightly cash grants to destitute asylum seekers, Hope Housing, provides emergency accommodation for homeless asylum seekers, Ujamaa, providescounselling and casework support for asylum-seeker and… Read more »

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I need legal support
If you need legal support, these organisations can help:

ASIRT

ASIRT –Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team << www.asirt.org.uk >> ASIRT is a charitable organisation based in Birmingham, registered with OISC (Office of Immigration Services Commissioner) to provide advocacy, advice and legal representation to asylum seekers and other undocumented migrants in the West Midlands who would otherwise be unable to access such representation due to… Read more »

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Hope Projects

Hope Projects << www.hope-projects.org.uk >> The Hope projects work to help destitute asylum-seekers and other new migrants barred from public funds in the West Midlands. Activities include: Hope Destitution Fund, makes fortnightly cash grants to destitute asylum seekers, Hope Housing, provides emergency accommodation for homeless asylum seekers, Ujamaa, providescounselling and casework support for asylum-seeker and… Read more »

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Lifeline Options

Lifeline Options << www.lifelineoptions.org.uk >> Lifeline options is a Community Interest Company based in Birmingham registered with OISC (Office of Immigration Services Commissioner) to provide free legal advice / assistance to asylum seekers: Legal advice to people seeking to re-open their asylum application. Assistance to obtain welfare support from the UK Border Agency whilst waiting… Read more »

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I'd like help learning English
If you’d like help to learn English, the organisations below can help.  You can also view a map of places to learn English in the West Midlands.

Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes << www.brushstrokessandwell.org.uk >> Brushstrokes mission is to support vulnerable groups including newcomers to the UK and support their integration. We work with asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Smethwick and West Birmingham. The services they provide include: ESOL teaching from pre-entry to Level One taught by volunteers and college tutors. This includes ESOL… Read more »

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Karis

Karis Neighbour Scheme << www.karisneighbourscheme.org >> Karis is a small community charity providing practical support, friendship and advocacy to people in need in the Ladywood area of Birmingham, particularly seeking to reach out to people who are isolated and marginalised. We have developed a range of work supporting asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants, as… Read more »

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Piers Road

Piers Road New Communities Centre Association << www.nwbnewcommunities.org.uk >> Piers Road serves refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable communities. Their mission is to relieve suffering, loneliness, distress, educational disadvantage and other life challenging issues. The Association works with 23 different refugee community groups based in the building. They all have access to the building seven days… Read more »

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St. Chad’s Sanctuary

St. Chad’s Sanctuary << www.stchadssanctuary.com >> St. Chad’s Sanctuary has been open since 2010 and helps refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. We offer a warm welcome and a friendly face to those in need. Thanks to incredible volunteers and donors, we are able to provide a range of practical support… Read more »

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ASIRT

ASIRT –Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team << www.asirt.org.uk >> ASIRT is a charitable organisation based in Birmingham, registered with OISC (Office of Immigration Services Commissioner) to provide advocacy, advice and legal representation to asylum seekers and other undocumented migrants in the West Midlands who would otherwise be unable to access such representation due to… Read more »

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Bearwood Action for Refugees

Bearwood Action for Refugees << www.actionforrefugees.org >> Bearwood Action for Refugees is a not-for-profit charitable organisation working with local individuals, groups and schools to help refugees. We deliver a range of community fundraising events, and promote awareness, befriending, support and solidarity for refugees and asylum seekers living in Birmingham and the Black Country and those… Read more »

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Birch

Birch Community Hosting Network << www.birchnetwork.org >> BIRCH is a small, volunteer led charity working across Birmingham to support vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. We run three projects: A weekly ‘Meet and Greet Lunch’ for families at risk of destitution runs at St Martin’s Youth Centre in Highgate, and offers refugee and migrant… Read more »

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British Red Cross

British Red Cross << www.redcross.org.uk >> The Red Cross Mission is to support people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are, including asylum seekers and refugees. The provides services for asylum seekers and refugees in West Midlands, Staffordshire and Warwickshire with clinics running in: Birmingham –Weekly Tuesdays and Friday (7 Lowe Street, Camphill, B12 0ER9:30… Read more »

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Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes << www.brushstrokessandwell.org.uk >> Brushstrokes mission is to support vulnerable groups including newcomers to the UK and support their integration. We work with asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Smethwick and West Birmingham. The services they provide include: ESOL teaching from pre-entry to Level One taught by volunteers and college tutors. This includes ESOL… Read more »

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Entraide

Entraide (north Solihull) << www.entraideuk.org.uk >> Entraide is a well established charity in north Solihull which works alongside asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers and their dependants in the UK in order to facilitate their integration into society.

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Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture << www.freedomfromtorture.org >> Freedom from Torture is a national charity providing direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK, as well as striving to protect and promote their rights. At our West Midlands Centre in Birmingham, we provide psychological therapies as well as medical, legal and welfare support… Read more »

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Hope Projects

Hope Projects << www.hope-projects.org.uk >> The Hope projects work to help destitute asylum-seekers and other new migrants barred from public funds in the West Midlands. Activities include: Hope Destitution Fund, makes fortnightly cash grants to destitute asylum seekers, Hope Housing, provides emergency accommodation for homeless asylum seekers, Ujamaa, providescounselling and casework support for asylum-seeker and… Read more »

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Karis

Karis Neighbour Scheme << www.karisneighbourscheme.org >> Karis is a small community charity providing practical support, friendship and advocacy to people in need in the Ladywood area of Birmingham, particularly seeking to reach out to people who are isolated and marginalised. We have developed a range of work supporting asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants, as… Read more »

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Kings Heath Action for Refugees

Kings Heath Action for Refugees << www.actionforrefugees.org >> Kings Heath Action for Refugees is a not-for-profit charitable organisation working with local individuals, groups and schools to help refugees. We deliver a range of community fundraising events, and promote awareness, befriending, support and solidarity for refugees and asylum seekers living in Birmingham and the Black Country… Read more »

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Lifeline Options

Lifeline Options << www.lifelineoptions.org.uk >> Lifeline options is a Community Interest Company based in Birmingham registered with OISC (Office of Immigration Services Commissioner) to provide free legal advice / assistance to asylum seekers: Legal advice to people seeking to re-open their asylum application. Assistance to obtain welfare support from the UK Border Agency whilst waiting… Read more »

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No Recourse to Public Funds team

No Recourse to Public Funds team – Birmingham City Council << No website – contact via telephone: 0121 675 6979 >> NRPF provides information and signposting services to vulnerable people who are unable to access statutory services. Providing assessments, information regarding welfare benefits, housing support and adult social care support.

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Oasis Church Edgbaston

Oasis Church Welcome the Nations Project << www.oasis-church.org.uk >> Oasis Church in Edgbaston is close to the hostel in Stone Road used to house newly arrived asylum seekers before they are dispersed around the region. Members of the church realised how isolated and unwelcome people felt when they first arrived there. Oasis started offering a… Read more »

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Piers Road

Piers Road New Communities Centre Association << www.nwbnewcommunities.org.uk >> Piers Road serves refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable communities. Their mission is to relieve suffering, loneliness, distress, educational disadvantage and other life challenging issues. The Association works with 23 different refugee community groups based in the building. They all have access to the building seven days… Read more »

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Red Sun

Red Sun Organisation << www.e-voice.org.uk/redsun/about-us/ >> Red Sun is a Birmingham based organisation whose aim is to promote and improve the welfare of the Middle Eastern Communities and the Kurdish community in particular.Red Sun is run by volunteers who provide information, advice and advocacy to relieve poverty and improve quality of life. We support the… Read more »

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Refugee Action

Refugee Action << www.refugee-action.org.uk >> Refugee Action is a national charity campaigning for refugees rights and delivering direct services to refugees and asylum seekers. Our West Midlands office is based at 5 ways in Birmingham. We have a high quality volunteer programme, offering induction, training, ongoing support and paying out of pocket expenses. Volunteers are… Read more »

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Refugee and Migrant Centre

Refugee and Migrant Centre << www.rmcentre.org.uk >> The Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC) is an award winning charity founded in 1999. It has offices in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Birmingham and works with clients from across the Black Country and Birmingham. Our mission is: To assist refugees and migrants through crisis and disadvantage, by removing barriers… Read more »

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Refugee Council

Refugee Council << www.refugeecouncil.org.uk >> (National, but useful source of advice) The Refugee Council is one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees, and supporting them to rebuild their lives. We also speak up for refugees using our direct work as an evidence base, and ensure refugees have a stronger and… Read more »

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