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We are recruiting a CHAT English Club Coordinator!

Join our small, dedicated team and help improve the lives of asylum seekers in Bradford! BEACON is seeking to appoint a Coordinator to manage the CHAT English Club project, facilitating learning at the weekly conversation class, promoting the project to service users, and supervising and supporting volunteers CHAT English Club is a project run by BEACON (Bradford Ecumenical Asylum Concern), a small charity supporting asylum seekers in the Bradford district. CHAT English Club is a weekly group open to asylum seekers, refugees and any other non-English language speakers. It is […]

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Jazz fundraiser evening with The Band Upstairs: Saturday 17th November 7.30pm til late!

BEACON invite you to an evening of jazz with The Band Upstairs who will treat you to an eclectic mix of vocals and instrumentals, some well known numbers and some surprises…! Date: Saturday 17th November 2018 Time: 7.30pm til late Venue: Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford, BD5 0BQ (location of venue available to view here) The venue is fully licensed and fully accessible. Tickets £5 on the door. Raffle with a selection of prizes up for grabs! All proceeds will go to BEACON’s McKenzie Friends project supporting asylum seekers without access […]

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BEACON has moved!

At the end of June, BEACON moved premises along with Touchstone, where BEACON has been renting a small office for many years. We are thrilled with our new working space and the facilities available here and are pleased to be able to work more closely with Abigail Housing who do fantastic work accommodating destitute asylum seekers in Bradford, and who are now also based at Touchstone. Our new address is: BEACON c/o Touchstone, 4 Easby Road, Bradford, BD7 1QX   Below is a picture of our lovely new home!

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Refugee Week: 18th-24th June 2018!

Refugee Week is a national festival of cultural activities celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. It will take place this year between 18th and 24th June 2018 and this year marks the 20th anniversary! Check out the jam-packed programme of events and exhibitions happening in Bradford below:

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Walk for Justice 2018!

Walk For Justice 2018 BEACON’s annual sponsored Walk for Justice will be held this year on Wednesday 20th June 2018 (World Refugee Day) as part of Refugee Week   Start: 9.30am, Centenary Square (leaving at 10am prompt), Bradford End: 4pm (approx.), Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds (TBC) Length: 10 miles (approx.) This year our chosen theme is to highlight the inefficiencies and delays in the asylum process. A recent report published by the Law Society found that 50% of asylum decisions are being overturned at appeal, highlighting that the Home Office is […]

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We’re recruiting new McKenzie Friends volunteers!

We’re looking for new McKenzie Friends volunteers to join our passionate and dynamic team! McKenzie Friends volunteers support asylum seekers who have no access to legal representation, at appeal hearings and after an asylum refusal, when support is needed to re-engage with the asylum system. A role description is available to download here. Interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday 11th May, with training taking place across two Fridays – 25th May and 8th June (please note – you must be able to attend both days of training). Interested applicants are asked to complete […]

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Pharmacist Pete Dawson visits the CHAT English Club

We had a great English conversation session at the CHAT English Club last week, when visiting pharmacist Pete Dawson explained about current pharmacy services and how best to use them, taking lots of questions, listening to student experiences and doing some impressive role plays.  Groups of students at advanced, intermediate and early stages of learning English worked with Pete and volunteers to power up their English vocabulary and skills for real-life situations. Pete Dawson (top left) with CHAT volunteers and students  

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BEACON AGM – Tuesday 28th November 2017

Join us for our 2017 Annual General Meeting! Time: 6pm – 8.30pm Venue: Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, 29 Great Horton Road, Bradford, BD7 1AA (how to find venue here) Find out about our work this year, our plans for the future and receive a copy of our 2016/2017 Annual Report. Food will be provided along with entertainment from the fantastic Bradford Friendship Choir! Please RSVP by Thursday 23rd November to admin@beaconbradford.org   

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Can you support BEACON’s Hosting Project?

Over the past 9 years our small volunteer-led Hosting Project has accommodated more than 60 destitute asylum seekers in the homes of our wonderful volunteer host households in Bradford. At least a third of our guests have gone on to be granted Leave to Remain in the UK. Without our support, these people would be left street homeless in the UK or forced to return to the desperate situations from which they have been forced to flee. The demand for the Hosting Project is however significantly greater than our capacity to […]

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