On March 17th 2020 BIRCH Trustees made the decision to scale down the contact we have with our beneficiaries because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak and the resultant Public Health advice. Below is a current update (30/07/21) for each of our projects:-

Hosting – We are still not able to take any new referrals at this time (30th July 2021). We will restart our hosting scheme when we believe we are able to do this. We will contact all Referral Agencies as soon as we are ready to restart the scheme. For further details email:

Family Befriending – New matches are taking place & in most cases face to face contact has resumed. We are also taking new referrals for refugees who might benefit from Family Befriending and we would love to talk to individuals and families who would like to know more about becoming family befrienders. Further details:-

Meet & Greet for newly arrived asylum seeking families with children – On 27th May 2021 we re-established contact with families with children living in one Initial Accommodation hostel and are currently meeting every Thursday morning in a local park (weather permitting) over the summer period. We are planning to run the session indoors in September 2021. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or like to know more about this activity please contact

Please watch this space for any further information about our service provision.