As well as campaigning and raising awareness about asylum issues, BEACON has four projects:

McKenzie Friends are trained volunteers who provide moral support and informed help for those, without access to legal representation, appealing against asylum decisions at Phoenix House, the Asylum Hearings Centre at Thornbury, or wishing to make a fresh claim.

CHAT Phoenix House volunteers offer a warm welcome, simple refreshments and signposting to asylum seekers waiting for their appeals to start at Phoenix House Immigration and Asylum Tribunal Hearing Centre.

CHAT English Club offers English conversation classes to asylum seekers, refugees and other non-English speaking foreign nationals.

Hosting offers short, medium and sometimes longer-term accommodation, within the homes of volunteer hosts, to asylum seekers who are destitute or who have critical housing needs.

Campaigning seeks to challenge negative and destructive attitudes to asylum seekers within the media, Government, not least in the Home Office, and to campaign against unjust legislation.
Click on each project’s link under the heading ‘Projects’ above, for further details.

If you are interested in becoming a BEACON volunteer, please click here to download a volunteer application form. Completed forms can be returned to Katy Armitstead, BEACON Team Leader, c/o Touchstone, 4 Easby Road, Bradford, BD7 1QX or by emailing