The CHAT (Care and Hospitality at Thornbury) Project has two elements; CHAT Phoenix House and CHAT English Club. With an emphasis on hospitality, CHAT works to support those seeking asylum both at their hearing and to help people improve their language skills.

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McKenzie Friends

A McKenzie Friend is a member of the public, without legal training, who assists an appellant when they have no legal representative, at a time that is often bewildering and full of anxiety. A McKenzie Friend is a volunteer, independent of the court system and the Home Office.

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BEACON Hosting

BEACON’s Hosting Project recruits, trains and supports volunteer hosts to provide a home to destitute refused asylum seekers. Hosting provides guests with a secure, supportive environment in which they have the opportunity to gather fresh evidence in order to submit an asylum claim.

Latest News


Tuesday 29th November 2016, 6pm – 8.30pm, The Delius Arts & Cultural Centre. Join us for an evening of free food, engaging speakers, the presentation of our 2015/16 Annual Report and the chance to hear about our work and our plans for the future.

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Our 7th Annual Walk For Justice was a fantastic event: local groups from across Leeds and Bradford joined together to take a stand against the injustices in the asylum system and raise vital funds for BEACON. Read all about it!

Donate Help support BEACON's work by donating, or if you'd like to volunteer then please get in touch.

Contact Us

Lizzie Lowenstein BEACON Coordinator
  01274 727525
  07419 990578
  01274 395324
C/o Touchstone, 32 Merton Road,
Bradford, BD7 1RE

McKenzie Friends:
  01274 727525
  07531 576330
c/o BEACON Office

  01274 727525
C/o BEACON Office

Will Sutcliffe, Hosting Project Coordinator:
  07505 053149
C/o BEACON Office