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 this time years we have supported a growing network of amazing volunteer hosts to provide over 14,000 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 here to find out more.
The Meet and Greet project for newly arrived asylum seeking families with children re opened on February 6th 2020. This was suspended as of 12th March 2020 because of the Coronavirus Public Health emergency. Our Family befriending service and hosting network are also seriously affected by the Public health crisis. Please see Referrals page for further information.
Read our latest annual report here: Final BIRCH annual report 2019-2020