Please note: all staff are working remotely at present due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please call 07419 990578 for further information on adaptations to our service provision at this time.

BEACON’s vision is that the Bradford district becomes a hospitable community where asylum seekers and refugees are welcome, enjoy access to justice and fair treatment and are supported on their journey to independence and integration



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

c/o Touchstone, 4 Easby Road,
Bradford, BD7 1QX

Katy Armitstead, BEACON Team Leader

07419 990578


Amanda Labbett, Finance and Administrative Assistant

McKenzie Friends:

07531 576330


CHAT: English

07754 228569


Hosting Project

07505 053149



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.