Meet and Greet

Our  meet and greet project for newly arrived asylum seeking families with children is currently suspended until further notice because of the current Public Health emergency.

We had started to meet as from  6th February 2020  between 1-3pm on a Thursday in a church hall in Selly Park, Birmingham. For the safety of all concerned we  stopped meeting as of  12th March 2020.

Below is a description of our activities:-

The majority of our visitors are temporary housed in a local “Initial Accommodation” hostel. The length of stay can be between six and twelve weeks.  Children are unable to access education so our regular weekly session offers some respite to families living in a cramped hostel.

We organise a programme of play, sports and arts activities for children. We have a small team of volunteers and two paid workers to supervise activities. 

It’s early days in our new venue. However, we hope to continue the outcomes we achieved in previous years. We are grateful to our volunteers and supporters for their continueing support.

Please note we are not collecting clothes. We are happy to receive donations of toiletries and unbroken and safe toys.

If you would like to know further about the Meet and Greet please contact stephanie@birchnetwork.org