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!
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:
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 […]
Thanks to the amazing support of over 30 people we have raised around £800 (some still to come in we think & including some gift aid!) for our Hosting Project. That’s over 52 weeks worth of guests allowances which means we have the funds to support a whole year of hosting.
We are seeking new trustees! Can you help? We are seeking additional trustees to help shape the future of the organisation through a period of significant change, growth and development. We are looking for skilled and committed individuals to join the unpaid Board of Trustees. The Board is collectively responsible for the governance and strategic direction of BEACON. Successful applicants will be expected to take an active role in ensuring the organisation’s work towards its key missions, objectives and goals. We are especially interested in applicants with board-level experience […]
BEACON is recruiting for a CHAT Phoenix House Coordinator. Join our small dedicated team and help improve the lives of asylum seekers in Bradford.