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. We are currently reviewing our services & have restarted the meet & greet session (see below) on 27th May 2021.

Hosting – We are still not able to take any new referrals at this time (May 2021). We will restart our hosting scheme when it is deemed safe to do so.

Family Befriending – No new matches are taking place. Since “lockdown” began in mid-March 2020 we have  encouraged befrienders to contact young people via telephone, video messaging, social media etc. At the time of writing (July 9th 2020) some “face to face ” meetings have been taking place in public spaces providing “social distancing” is maintained. There are plans that home visits may start to take place providing “social distancing” is maintained and both host and young people are comfortable with arrangements.

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 will be meeting every Thursday morning in a local park (weather permitting) over the summer period. If you would like to volunteer or like to know more about this activity please contact

Please watch this space for any further information about our service provision. We will continue to follow the advice of the Public Health authorities.