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.

Contact Us

Katy Armitstead BEACON Team Leader
01274 727525  /   07419 990578
Fax  01274 395324
c/o Touchstone, 32 Merton Road,
Bradford, BD7 1RE

Amanda Labbett

McKenzie Friends:
01274 72752507531 576330
c/o BEACON Office

CHAT: English
01274 727525

CHAT: Phoenix House
c/o BEACON Office

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



You can help support BEACON’s work by donating here – simply click on the big yellow button!

If you wish to donate in any other way then please contact Amanda, or if you’d like to volunteer with one of our projects, then please get in touch.