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.

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Diwaniyah breathes life to the desert

Applications for this post are now closed. CHAT English Conversation Club is a weekly group open to asylum seekers, refugees and all non-native speakers. CHAT English Conversation Club is a weekly group open to asylum seekers, refugees and all non-native speakers.It is a fun learning environment for those wishing to practice their English conversational skills, open to all levels and focusing on conversation, building confidence and enjoyment. CHAT English is part of BEACON (Bradford Ecumenical Asylum Concern), a small charity supporting asylum seekers in the Bradford District.

Refugee Week 2013

Read all the latest news from BEACON and our projects in this printable version of our Summer Briefing. All change at BEACON! A lot has changed at BEACON over the last few months. New developments mean we are strengthening as an organisation and be better placed to support asylum seekers in Bradford. New People! We are delighted to welcome Sarah Shaw, our new Admin Assistant. Sarah will be supporting Lizzie in the office and looking after day-to-day financial admin. This new post came about after the retirement of our Treasurer […]

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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