Birmingham Community Hosting Network is a volunteer led charity working to harness the enthusiasm of local people to offer friendship and hospitality to people seeking sanctuary in the Birmingham area.
We were first established in 2011 as a hosting network aiming to relieve the destitution of asylum seekers whose support and accommodation from the Home Office has been cut off. Over the last seven years we have supported a growing network of amazing volunteer hosts to provide over 9000 nights of accommodation to individuals experiencing destitution in their journey through the asylum process. Click here for more.
From a Hosting Network BIRCH has grown to incorporate a further two projects; the Family Befriending Project and the Meet and Greet. The Family Befriending Project supports local volunteer families to befriend young refugees aged 16-21 who have come to the UK alone, usually as unaccompanied minors. Click her to find out more.
The Meet and Greet project runs a weekly lunch, play and activity session in central Birmingham for newly arrived asylum seeking families. The majority of the families live in a nearby hostel where conditions are cramped and children are without school places whilst awaiting longer term accommodation. The Meet and Greet has an emphasis on improving well-being and provides families with some respite from the difficulties of day to day life. For more information click here.