Welcoming the Stranger
Each year thousands of asylum seekers, fleeing persecution in their own countries, come as strangers to seek refuge in the United Kingdom. By the summer of 2005 a number of churches in Bradford were finding asylum seekers in their congregations. Not only did these newcomers enrich the worship and fellowship of those congregations but local people and ministers began to discover the real hardships that asylum seekers face. BEACON was set up out of a shared concern to address the practical and spiritual needs of the many asylum seekers and refugees who now live in the Bradford district.
How Does BEACON Work?
BEACON is a registered charity which is funded through voluntary donations from individuals & faith groups as well as grant making organisations. It has a Board of Trustees, which was elected from BEACON membership in July 2007, a small team of staff and more than 45 volunteers.
Members of the BEACON Board of Trustees:
Chair – Sarah Jemison
Secretary – Barbara Clarke
Treasurer – Roland Clark