“We had never hosted an asylum seeker before so this was a new experience for us. We all get on well with Abraham, who is always very polite and helpful around the house. The support we get from the project is very good. A BIRCH Coordinator rings regularly to update us on Abraham’s situation and to make sure that everything is OK and that we are all happy with the arrangement”

Anne (Host)

“Annie has treated me like a son, welcomed me into her home and looked after me. She has helped me to learn essential skills like cooking, cleaning and also helped me to improve my English. I am grateful for her support which has allowed me to continue my education because otherwise I don’t think I could have done it.”

Abraham (Guest)

“I am a widower living in a three-bedroom semi in Bournville. I had become aware of the desperate needs of many asylum seekers and wanted to do what I could to help. What put me off was the fear that, if my guest and I couldn’t get on, I wouldn’t have the face to turn him or her out onto the streets. That’s where I have found BIRCH (the Birmingham Community Hosting Network) such a help. I’ve now had four single men, all from Africa”

John (Host)