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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Greetings from the BEACON staff & trustees. The office is closed 16th December – 11th January During this time the office will not be staffed.

Baildon Methodist Church are very kindly hosting our 2017 Quiz Night. We will be testing your general knowledge, throwing in some handy facts and figures about asylum seekers & refugees and feeding you delicious food – all in aid of BEACON’s work. Details are below – we hope you can make it! BEACON Quiz Night 2017 Saturday 21st January 2017 6pm— 9pm Baildon Methodist Church, Newton Way, BD17 5NH Fun, games & food in aid of BEACON’s work with asylum seekers Great prizes! Pasty & Peas! (vegetarian) Test your general […]

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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