As well as campaigning on asylum issues and awareness-raising, BEACON has three 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 (Care and Hospitality at Thornbury) volunteers offer a warm welcome and simple refreshments to asylum seekers waiting for their appeals to start at Phoenix House. They also run English conversation classes at Thornbury Methodist Church.

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 to the left for further details.

If you are interested in becoming a BEACON Volunteer, please click here to download a volunteer form. Completed forms can be returned to Daniel Rosner, BEACON Coordinator, 32 Merton Road, BD7 1RE or by emailing