There are many opportunities to support refugees and asylum seekers by volunteering: from helping out at welcome lunches to hosting a refugee in your home.  Below are some of the organisations in Birmingham that are regularly welcoming new volunteers – please follow the links for more details about how to apply with each organisation.  You can also get involved by pledging support for Birmingham as a City of Sanctuary – either as an individual or as an organisation.

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]

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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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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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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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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Restore

Restore << www.restore-uk.org >> Restore is a project of Birmingham Churches Together which aims to welcome, include and assist the integration of refugees and those seeking sanctuary from persecution. We work to achieve our mission through befriending, social activities, equipping refugees for work, advocacy and awareness-raising. The befriending scheme brings refugee and host communities together…. 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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