Author Archive | Katy Armitstead

BEACON is recruiting a Hosting Coordinator!

Following a recent strategic review, we are seeking to appoint a highly organised, self-motivated person to take on the coordination and development of our Hosting Project. The project provides temporary accommodation in the homes of volunteer hosts to people who are at risk of destitution following a negative outcome at the end of the asylum process. The Hosting Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting, training and supporting a pool of volunteer hosts, managing placements and ongoing support for hosts and guests, developing relationships and liaising with referral & partner agencies, […]

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Join our sponsored walk ‘Together with Refugees’…

WHAT:       BEACON’s annual sponsored walk WHERE:    From Bradford city centre to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds WHEN:       Wednesday 22nd June 2022, 9.30am – 4pm approx WHO:          Anyone who wants to take on the challenging walk, and everyone who wants to donate WHY:           To raise funds for, and awareness of, BEACON’s work and to stand in solidarity with people seeking asylum in the Bradford area It’s time to put our best foot forward, as part of Refugee Week 2022, and […]

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BEACON Annual General Meeting 2022

Our Annual General Meeting 2022 will take place on: Tuesday 25th January 2022 at 7pm online via Zoom Come along to hear from the BEACON team about our work over the past year and our hopes and plans for the coming year Please contact Amanda Labbett at admin@beaconbradford.org by Monday 24th January 2022 to confirm your attendance in order to receive Zoom joining instructions We hope you can join us!

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🎄 BEACON Christmas Appeal 2021🎄

Will you stand with people seeking asylum this Christmas? With the proposed changes outlined in the Nationality and Borders Bill, people seeking asylum face an uncertain future now more so than ever. This Christmas, they need your help. Please dig deep and help us to fund our work supporting those who have lost everything to rebuild their lives. With your help, we can: ❄ Open warm homes to people seeking asylum who are destitute ❄ Put smiles on faces by providing a safe and welcoming environment to practise English, learn to cook and […]

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Enjoy the beauty of Spring in Bradford’s parks!

We’ve arranged some short walks in the parks of Bradford which will run in small groups of 6 during the month of May – a chance for people seeking asylum and refugees to have social contact, fresh air and exercise, and enjoy nature! To register, please email Alice Sizeland on chat@beaconbradford.org or call 07754 228569  

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Join us online for Tuesday morning yoga sessions throughout the month of March!

We’re hosting online yoga sessions on Tuesday mornings throughout the month of March! The sessions will take place every Tuesday from 10-11am starting on Tuesday 2nd March. The sessions are FREE for refugees & people seeking asylum and PAYF for all other attendees. What is Yoga? Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to improve physical and mental wellbeing. What are the benefits of Yoga? improves strength and flexibility improves posture helps with concentration helps with stress and anxiety What equipment do I need? […]

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Online cooking classes with local vegan chef Sonia Sandhu!

BEACON is teaming up with Bradford-based vegan chef, Sonia Sandhu to host a free online cooking class for refugees and people seeking asylum on Thursday 4th February, 4.30-6pm. Following the success of the first class held in November 2020, we hope to be able to deliver these classes on a monthly basis in partnership with Sonia Sandhu. Ingredients will be delivered to participants in advance and there are 10 spaces available in the class. To register, please email chat@beaconbradford.org with name, contact number, and address by Tuesday 2nd February as […]

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BEACON Annual General Meeting – join us!

BEACON’s AGM will take place on Wednesday 27th January, 2021 at 7pm (via Zoom) This year we will be joined by guest speaker, Asumani Susho, of Bradford African Community. Join us to hear more about our work this past extraordinary year and our hopes and plans for the future. All welcome. Please email admin@beaconbradford.org to receive the Zoom link!

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Closure of CHAT Phoenix House project

We are sorry to announce that our CHAT project offering refreshments and support to asylum seekers waiting for appeal hearings at Phoenix House tribunal hearing centre has now had to officially close due to ongoing Covid restrictions. We would like to thank Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service for allowing us to deliver this support for so many years, our wonderful volunteers for all their hard work & dedication and all the court staff for making us so welcome. On a positive note, it seems that the streamlined processes in […]

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