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List of local and national organisations that we work with and signpost to accessible here


Part 1:    Refugee, Asylum & New Migrant Project’s
Part 2:    Broader Voluntary Sector
Part 3:    Statutory Agencies
Part 4:    Food Parcels, Food, Clothes and Baby Items
Part 5:    Health & Counselling Services
Part 6:    Education & Volunteering Opportunities
Part 7:    Legal Advice and Welfare Reps                


Part 1: Refugee, Asylum or New Migrant Projects


Adavu Project

  • The Adavu Project aims to facilitate a local response to human trafficking, in the West Midlands and beyond.



Studio 11/12, Container City Building, 48 Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, E14 OFN Tel: 0203 716 0284, Fax: 0203 716 0272, Advice Line: 0203 716 0283 (Mon, Wed, Fri 2-4pm)  

  • Reduce destitution by helping asylum seekers with respresentation at the Asylum Support Tribunal, London. 


ASIRT – Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team

109 Zellig, Gibb St, Birmingham, B9 4AT Tel: 0121 213 5893

  • Free, independent advice on immigration, nationality and asylum, following this up through casework, support, appeals representation, and home visits.

  • Children and Families Project


Ashley Community Housing

Local Office: ACH, 1st and 2nd Floors, 93 Cape Hill, Smethwick, B66 4SA, Telephone : 0121 565 3384m Fax: 0121 5555 418, Email :

  • Leading provider of refugee integration and employment services for newly arrived communities in the UK 


Asylum Matters

Emma Birks - Campaigns Project Manager - West Midlands Phone: 07557983227

c/o St. Chad's Sanctuary, 72-74 Shadwell St, Birmingham, B4 6HA  

  • Working in partnership locally and nationally to improve the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum through social and political change.


Austin Smith House

Martin Newell, Austin Smith House , 96 Ivor Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4NX Tel: 0121 772 7933, T: @JesuXPIPassio

  • Community destitution house for refused asylum seeking men. 


BARA – Birmingham Asylum and refugee Association, +447984 895852 OR 07476 225366 

  • Our mission is promoting the development of humane, lawful and constructive policies towards refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

  • We meet every 2nd Monday from 11 for the meeting and Healthy Kitchen lunch at 12.


Baobab Women’s Project

c/o Jericho Foundation 196–198 Edward Road. Balsall Heath. Birmingham. B12 9LX

community drop in, Different Centres see website or text  07879 121 052

  • Advice, assistance and awareness raising on immigration, health and housing issues for migrant, asylum seeking and refugee women.


Bearwood Action for Refugees


  • This is a community group engaging local individuals, groups and schools in helping Syrian refugees through fundraising and awareness-raising activities.


BID Bail for Immigration Detainees

  • Bail for Immigration Detainees is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK. We work with asylum seekers and migrants, in removal centres and prisons, to secure their release from detention.


Bethel Doula Project:

St Johns Church Community Rooms – entrance on Shakespeare St, Sparkhill, B11 4RG. Bus number 6 from City Centre stops very close.  Call Julia  07713 113215 for more info.

  • The Doula Project works with vulnerable new mothers, especially asylum seekers. 'Doula' refers to a helper who accompanies women around the birth of a child.


BIRCH Community Hosting


  • Hosting network of local people, aiming to relieve the destitution of asylum seekers whose support and accommodation from the Home Office has been cut off. 

  • Befriending for asylum seekers and migrants under 25.


Birmingham LGBT Centre

Specialist service for asylum seekers 0121 643 0821

Our vision is a vibrant, diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in Birmingham, UK in which individuals can realise their full potential and have equal access to what the city has to offer 

  • Emotional Support, Specialist advice via UKLGIG, Social Activities, Housing Support


Black Country Women’s Aid

1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street , West Bromwich , B70 8HY, Tel: 0121 553 0090, Fax: 0121 525 1155, Email:

  • Provide a range of support for survivors

  • Including Salvation Army trafficking support project


British Red Cross

Bradbury House, 7 Lowe Street, Camp Hill, Birmingham, B12, 0ER. 0121 766 5444

  • Destitution project, Refugee services, Therapeutic massage, Volunteering



  • Practical resources to destitute and homeless people, including food, baby products, clothing and other essential items;

  • Reaching out into local communities by visiting and befriending, plus community café.

  • Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), which also encompasses citizenship, literacy, numeracy and employment skills.



  • Group based in Coventry which aims to help asylum seekers and refugees in the Midlands region of the UK.


Children’s Society

Unit 614/5f, The Big Peg, 120 Vyse Street, Jewellery Quarter, B18 6NF 0121 643 7400

  • Support for families and children with NRPF. 


Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre

15 Bishop Street, Coventry, CV1 1HU.  02476  227 254

  • Asylum & immigration advice team, Therapeutic Service project, Settlement & housing project, Women’s & Youth Group


Coventry Migrant Women’s Houses / contact c/o Coventry Peace House. 311 Stoney Stanton Road, CV6 5DS. 

  • Destitution house for women in Coventry, focus on social change activites and cooperative house ethic. 


Coventry Peace House Night Shelter

Beth Ash, 02476 527 114,

  • Provide’s emergency bed spaces to migrants and refugees with No Recourse to Public Funds. A hot evening meal, breakfast, storage for bags, and access to washing facilities are provided, and it provides quick access crisis support while people work on longer term solutions.


Docs not Cops

  • We believe that health care is a human right. Together we want to fight xenophobia, and make the NHS a safe space for all.


Doctors of the World

London clinic at, The People’s Place, 80-92 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 2NE 9.30am til 6pm: 0207 167 5789 Clinic advice line: 0808 1647 686, 10am to 12 midday, Monday to Friday., If you’re calling from an organisation, please call our clinic office line: 0207 0789 629

  • In the UK, we run clinic and advocacy programmes in London that provide medical care, information and practical support to excluded people such as destitute migrants, sex workers and people with no fixed address


End Deportations Brum

  • Taking action against deportations in Birmingham and beyond.



Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church Centre, Hedingham Grove, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, B37 7TP, Tel: 0121 788 1087, Mobile: 0798 551 1062

  • Support asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers living in Solihull and the surrounding area in order to facilitate their integration into society.


Fatima House contact co/o Father Hudsons Care, St Georges House, Gerards Way, B46 3FG, 01675 434 000.

  • Housing and support for destitute women, taking referrals from British Red Cross, St Chads, Restore, Brushstrokes. 


Freedom from Torture

Unit 5, 1st Floor, Caroline Point, 62 Caroline Street, B3 1UF, 0121 314 6825

  • Care for the victims of torture.


Hope Projects

Housing, subsistence funding & Legal, Jericho Foundation, Balsall Heath

  • Support for destitute asylum seekers and some migrants.

  • Works in close partnership with other local agencies.


Kings Heath Action for Refugees

Rosie Gunn

  • We are a group of volunteers have joined together to raise money to collect, source, pack, send and distribute toiletries and other essential items to refugees arriving in Europe. 


Kushinga Community Garden 07848 867 072, based in Selly Oak B29 6AH

  • Community garden for asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, local people. Also bike and wellbeing projects. 


Lifeline Options 

64 Aston Road North, Birmingham, B6 4EA, David Forbes: 0121 359 5435

  • Holistic one-to-one service to meet the immigration, welfare and professional needs of asylum seekers and refugees in the West Midlands, and more widely in the UK.


Migrant Voice

Lighthouse West London, 111-117 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QT,

  • Migrant Voice will transform how migrants are seen and heard in the media: from passive, disempowered and marginalized victims, to makers of their own media content. 


Migrant Help

Website:, 3 Stone Road, Birmingham 

  • Asylum Helpline (Advice): 0808 8010 503


Movement for Justice

  • Building an independent, integrated, mass, youth and student lef civil rights movement

  • Support around asylum and detention, especially LGBT cases



Dave Smith, 0161 706 0185,

  • No Accommodation network, represent a network of organisations seeking to prevent destitution amongst migrants with no recourse to public funds. Conferences, awareness raising, capacity building, national hosting, housing, shelter projects. 


NCADC National Coalition for Anti-Deportation Campaigns

  • The Campaigning Toolkit is a comprehensive printed and online resource for people at risk of removal, and the groups working to support them.


Project 17 

Advice Line on 07701330016 (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, if there is no answer please leave a message and we will call you back)

  • Legal charity working to reduce destitution among migrant children whose parents have no access to benefits because of their immigration status.  We work with families experiencing exceptional poverty to improve their access to statutory support under s.17 of the Children Act 1989. Advice Line enables other advisers to access our expertise directly.


Refugee Action

2nd Floor, Cobalt Square, 83 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8QG, Te: 0121 201 3070

  • CARE project, for asylum seekers  and refugees

  • Birmingham asylum guides

  • Syrian vunerable persons resettlement project


Refugee and Migrant Centre of the Black Country (RMC)

1st Floor, Roma Parva, 9 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4NB. New office in Jewellery Quarter. Tel: 01902 311 554, Fax: 01902 311 906

  • Tackle urgent issues and disadvantage among asylum seekers, refugees & migrants and promote long term solutions to the problems they face.



c/o Jericho Foundation, 196 -198 Edward Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9LX
Tel: 0121 661 4275

  • Befriending by local volunteers on a one-to-one basis

  • Group activities for men, women and families


Salvation Army

Supporting adult victims of trafficking, NRM referral centre, Connect - Post NRM Survivor Support Service

  • Contact their confidential referral helpline 0300 3038151, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if you suspect that you or someone you come across is a potential victim of modern slavery in need of help.


Solihull Welcome

St Augustine’s Church Hall, Homer Road, Contact John Bradley, john.wendy.bradley@virginmedia.com

  • Drop-in centre by the Solihull Churches Asylum Seekers Support Group to offer hospitality to Asylum Seekers and Refugees visiting Border and Immigration Agency based at Sandford House in Homer Road, Solihull.

  • Wednesdays 11.30am to 3.45pm and Fridays 10.30 to 3.00pm

  • Refreshments, conversation with our guests, a limited amount of clothing, toys for children.


STAR - Student Action for Refugees

Birmingham University student support for refugees at the asylum reception centre in the city

  • Playscheme

  • English Language Club

  • Movie Night

  • Walking Tours

  • Football Club


St Chads Sanctuary (Sister Margaret)

72-74 Shadwell Street, Birmingham, B4 6HA‎.

  • Drop in centre for asylum seekers & refugees.

  • Open from 10.30-3.30 on weekdays: mon – wed, go for a cup of tea, biscuit and a chat.

  • Mini opera with the Welsh National Opera, Thursdays 10-30. 12pm.



The Bike Project

The Old Print Works, 498-506 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH

  • We collect second hand bikes, fix them with the help of volunteers and give them to refugees and asylum seekers

  • Womens cycling lessons in partnership with British Red Cross


Part 2: Broader Voluntary Sector / BME Projects



Balsall Heath centre, 228 Mary Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9RJ Email: Tel: 0121 440 5296 Send any non casework related queries to

  • Anawim is a Women's Centre based in Birmingham that provides a holistic service to women across the city. Advice, counselling, support group, caseworker. 


Amirah Foundation

249 Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8LF: 0121 572 6821;

  • Supports homeless and vulnerable women, particularly victims of domestic violence

  • Coffee mornings, counselling, short skills-based training courses, irregular children and mother outings/ entertainment


Asian Resource Centre 

110 Hamstead Rd, Handsworth, B20 2QS, 0121 523 0580,

  • Immigration Advice – Wednesday pm

  • 60+ Coffee Mornings for all nations.


Ashiana Community Project

21 - 25 Grantham Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B11 1LU, Tel: 0121 687 6767, Fax: 0121 687 6768,

  • enable the people of Sparkbrook, and the surrounding area, to improve their quality of life by working together in creating opportunities for the community, individuals and families to be the best they can possibly be. Assist, Early Years, Kikit, Sport, Progress, Women, Youth. 


Birmingham City Mission 

The Clock Tower, 2 Langdon Street, Birmingham, 0121 766 6603,

  • The BCM Resource Centre distributes essential goods – food, clothing and furniture – to those in need.


Chinese Community Centre 

Q-Lorc Resource Centre, 99 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B12 0NS, General enquiries: 0121 685 8510,

  • Community development, Business Services, member activities and benefits. 


Citizens' Advice Bureau CAB

Ground Floor, Gazette Buildings, 168 Corporation Street, B4 6TF.  

370-372 High Street, SMETHWICK, West Midlands, B66 3PJ

Location finder  

  • Complete advice service for all matters. If you would like to contact your  nearest CAB office, call  Adviceline: 03444 111 444 available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. It’s usually busiest at the beginning and end of the day. It's not available on public holidays


CRISIS, Together we will end homelessness

Suite 303, Rhubarb, 25 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AE Contact us: 0121 348 7950

  • If you are homeless or at immediate risk of becoming homeless, you can access our services for free. 

  • We offer education, training and support within hostels, day centres and other venues in Birmingham.


Disability Resource Centre 

Information, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Unit 18, Ace Business Park, Mackadown Lane, Kitts Green, Birmingham, B33 0LD, Telephone: 03030 402040 (select option 1 for the switchboard and option 2 for our information, advice and advocacy helpline) E-mail:

  • Improving the lives of disabled people

  • Advice and advocacy, life skills, health and wellbeing activities, employment, carers debt advice



  • Homes Direct is a scheme to help you to find a housing association property for rent, sale, or shared ownership.


KARIS Neighbourhood Scheme 

C/o Church of the Redeemer, Monument Rd, Edgbaston, B16 8UU. 0121 689 6081

  • Offer practical support, friendship and advocacy in the local community through volunteers.


Ladywood Furniture Project

81 Eyre Street, Springhill, Birmingham, B18 7AD, 0121 455 7133,

  • Quality furniture and white goods recycling organisation


Lisieux Trust

184 Sutton New Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B23 6QU Call Us: 0121 377 7071,

  • Disability information and recourse centre, Accommodation, working with others


Maternity Action 

52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT, 0207253 2288, Adviceline:

  • Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years.

  • Advice Line and fact sheets. 


Nishkam Road

6 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9BH, Telephone:  0121 515 4229

  • Health and wellbeing, learning and development, social innovation, arts, culture


Real Junk Food Project Birmingham

•      Saving food from waste, volunteering available. We have regular cafés all over the city, Pay As You Feel boutiques, a Pay As You Feel Sharehouse and we run a Pay As You Feel Freegan Box scheme, and ‘popping-up’ at many different events around Birmingham, check our calendar for exact dates and locations’


PO BOX 16775, Birmingham, B21 1HS, 0800 953 9666 - 24 hours 365 days a week.

  • South Asian Women’s Refugee for Victims of Domestic Abuse

  • Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati

Salvation Army

If you suspect that you or someone you have come across may be an adult victim of modern slavery and in need of help, please contact The Salvation Army’s confidential and anonymous referral helpline on 0800 808 3733 – available 365 days a year, 24/7 with interpretation services where needed.


Spring Housing Association

Registered Office, Hestia House, 22 Old Walsall Road, Birmingham, B42 1DT Tel: 0121 663 1443 Email:

  • To create long term prosperity by investing to prevent homelessness, poverty and social isolation and to inspire and unlock peoples potential



Room 30, 2nd Floor, Ruskin Buildings, 191 Corporation Street, B4 6RP 0121 236 6668

  • Homelessness advice, and support for people living in poor conditioned houses.  


Sifa Fireside

48-52 Allcock St, Birmingham, B9 4DY, ASH (Adult Support Hub) 0121 766 1700,

  • Improving health and inclusion for homeless people in Birmingham

  • ASH aims to provide the over 25’s with one stop advice which could help you to maintain your accommodation, improve health and increase aspirations for the future. 



St Basils, Heath Mill Lane, Deritend, Birmingham, B9 4AX, Tel: 0121 772 2483

  • Homeless shelter for 16-25 year olds in Birmingham centre Also advice, information and support services to young people aged 13-25 years.


Turn 2 Us

  • Charity helping people when time gets tough benefits and grant finder


W.A.I.T.S (Women Acting In Today’s Society) Edgbaston

235 Dudley Road, Birmingham, B18 4EJ, 0121 440 1443 (Immigration)

  • Domestic abuse, community integration, refuge accommodation.



Part 3: Statutory Agencies / Government Services


Adults and Communities: Birmingham City Council

33b Hubert Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6DX, Tel: 0121 675 6979

  • Social Service Support for Adults.     


Birmingham Forward Steps

Birmingham Community Healthcare, NHS Foundation Trust, Children and Families Division, Moseley Hall Hospital, Birmingham, B13 8JL

  • Promoting good child development is at the heart of our model

  • Delivering early years health and wellbeing for children aged 0-5 in Birmingham 


Birmingham Children’s Services

Third Floor, Zone 16, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham, B4 7DJ, Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS): Monday to Thursday: 8:45am to 5:15pm, Friday: 8:45am to 4:15pm Telephone: 0121 303 1888

  • Social Service support and advice for children & families.


Birmingham Home Choice

  • Birmingham City Council Housing List


Leisure Card / Passport to Leisure

Birmingham City Council, 0121 464 2012,  

  • A Passport To Leisure (PTL) card gives you up to 20% off most activities at our Council-run leisure centres, Wellbeing Centres and swimming pools. The card also gives you discounts at some museums, theatres and other attractions in Birmingham.

  • The Leisure Card is a membership and loyalty card. It’s free when you first apply to get a card and you “pay as you go”. 


Local welfare provision grant

  • Short term help in a crisis


Job Centre Plus: 

Birmingham City Jobcentre Plus, 65-77 Summer Row, Ladywood, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B3 1LB Telephone: 0845 604 3719 Textphone: 0121 452 8184

  • Job and benefits advice.


Help with Health Costs  

  • Apply for exemption, for free prescriptions, dental and optician care if you’re an asylum seeker.


Home Office 

Immigration Enforcement, Sandford House 41 Homer Road Solihull B91 3QJ, Phone: 0121 713 3171



  • Find your MP, to talk to if administrative delays, or process problems with the Home Office.


Sandwell Council

  • Housing, social care, schools


Travel Assist 

They are available from Monday to Friday: 7:15am to 5:30pm. Telephone: 0121 303 4955 Email:

  • Travel Assist may be able to help with access to and funding for transport for children in Temporary Accommodation that are residing a significant distance from school, but still within the Local Authority.


Part 4: Food Parcels, Funds, Meals, Clothes and Baby Items


Birmingham Central Mosque

Tel: 0121 440 5355

  • Birmingham Central Mosque is nationally known for reference and advocacy of Muslims and Islamic Issues.


GrowBaby, Birmingham Vineyard

Birmingham Vineyard, 174 – 178 Barford Street, Digbeth, B5 7EP; 0121 6221230;

  • Baby starter kit for destitute and vulnerable pregnant women inc clothes and equipment.

•      Under 5’s Stay and Play group Friday term-time 0930-1130

Foodbanks – Trussell Trust

Bournville, Sparkbrook and Aston & Nechells

  • Up to 3 vouchers for food parcel of two weeks packaged food.


Fund for Human Need

Administrator, Mrs G Mason 01325244992

  • The Fund for Human Need (FHN) is a small Methodist-affiliated charity established to relieve poverty and hunger. Emergency payments are made, irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or social group, to individuals in the UK, most of whom are refugees, asylum seekers or homeless, and to those in other kinds of personal distress.


Halesowen Welcome Project

The United Church, Hagley Road, Halesowen, B63 4PX

  • Churches together welcome group, Every Monday 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Children Welcome

  • Give food, clothes and bus pass



St John's Church, Sparkhill, St Johns Rd, Birmingham, B11 4RG; 0121 753 1959;

  • Resource centre including benefits advice and foodbank.

  • Provides essential children’s items for vulnerable families 


National Zakat Foundation

  • Distribute Zakat grants to Muslims in need, application process and supporting docs needed. 


Places of Welcome

  • Hospitality network, across the whole UK, much in Birmingham 


SIFA FIRESIDE (Supporting Independence From Alcohol and tackling homelessness)

122 Pershore Street, Birmingham B5 6PA. 0121 666 6866

  • Drop in 0900 to 1300 for hot meals at lunch times, clothing, showers and support sessions for all people in need in the Birmingham area. 


St Chads Sanctuary (Sister Margaret)

72-74 Shadwell Street, Birmingham, B4 6HA‎.

  • Drop in centre for asylum seekers & refugees, food toiletries.

  • Open from 10.30-3.30 on weekdays: mon – wed, go for a cup of tea, biscuit and a chat.


The Soup Kitchen

Car park of St Michael’s Church, behind Carr’s Lane Centre, near Bull Ring, City 

  • Centre Free soup and bread, food parcels, hygiene packs, clothing and shoes for all ages.


Welcome Project (Louise) 

Elmwood Church, Handsworth, bus 16, 07828 683450

  • Giving out food packs on Friday mornings.Links to world style singing group – ask for details.


Part 5: Counselling & Health Groups.



Gaynor Hollis, 07971853015,  5 Free sessions via BIRCH referral.

  • Five Element medicine treats the root cause of disease.


Be Active Birmingham Visit your local sports centre, take two forms of ID, ARC card/IS.96 and proof of address and they will register you and give you a be active leisure card. 

  • Free wellbeing and sport activities across Birmingham


Birmingham City Council - Cycling

  • Offer a range of free exciting cycling opportunities


Community Mental Health Team

Referrals from GP’s, primary care, Psychiatric liaison teams, other mental health teams, social services. 


  • Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) support people living in the community who have complex or serious mental health problems.


Freedom from Torture

Unit 5, 1st Floor, Caroline Point, 62 Caroline Street, B3 1UF, 0121 314 6825

  • Care for the victims of torture.


Healthy MINDS

Get referred by your GP, get help online at 0121 301 2525, text BHM to 60777 to get a call back

  • Mental health support, counselling for anxiety, depression. 


NHS Direct:

0845 46 47

  • Advice over the phone/online about your health. 


NHS Find my nearest service:


Rape & Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) 

0121 236 5763

  • Free counselling appointments for survivors (refugee project not funded at present). Social group for survivors. ISVA reporting offences support.



Listening Service 116 123,

  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. 


Umbrella Sexual Health & Well Being Gum Clinic

Whittall Street Clinic, Whittall Street, Birmingham, B4 6DH. 0121 237 5700

  • Health check appointments.


Spring to Life Project

Felipe 07856 277 028

  • Therapeutic services for wellbeing, counselling, massage, nature walks


Part 6: Education and Employment Opportunities


Educational Opportunities


Birmingham Central Library

Broad Street 


  • Free internet access, free books and other useful resources/services


Fircroft College 

For those living in areas of the West Midlands county which includes Birmingham, the Black Country areas including Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall - and Solihull, but people who live in other parts of England may apply (though acceptance is not guaranteed)

Address: 1018 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LH.

Call 0121 472 0116 for more info or email

  • Courses are typically short and residential, and last for 3 days and 2 nights

  • Courses may be free depending on financial situation and personal circumstances

  • Courses include a 13-week English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course, a 3 day 2 night basics of IT course and many others: for more info, click here



Address: Suite 303, Rhubarb, 25 Heath Mill Lane, B8 4AE

Contact: 0121 348 7950,,

  • Crisis Skylight Birmingham delivers a programme of group activities and 1:1 courses that tailored to individuals. To find out more about the classes that are currently on offer, please email them at or call 0121 348 7950.


East Birmingham Community Forum (EBCF)

Summerfield Community Centre, B18 4EJ, 0121 454 9133:

There are a range of courses available including:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), 4 days a week for 12 weeks. The course will enable you to study reading, writing, speaking and listening at different levels. 

  • Hair and Beauty, 3 days a week for 7 weeks, designed to prepare you for employment as a supervised assistant/apprentice or for further learning in the hairdressing and beauty therapy industries within college.

  • Entry requirements for all courses include: being aged 19 or over before August, seeking employment, resident in UK or EU for minimum 3 years, unemployed or if employed salary of 18,595 or under for fully funded provision, and entitled to public funds.

Employment support is also available if you are not in employment, education, or training but are looking to gain a new job or more hours. They support customers of any age. You will get:

  • A dedicated caseworker, who will take time to get to know you and to support you through your journey overcoming any barriers you may have which may be preventing you from progressing.

  • Help with searching and applying for jobs, focusing on jobs that match your skills and abilities. They'll work with your employer to make sure the workplace is right for you.

  • The opportunity to take part in work experience / work trials.

  • Help to build on your skills and give you the practical tools to help you with your job search such as CVs and interviews

  • Access to qualifications and Apprenticeships.

 Call 0121 454 9133 or 0121 328 4998 for more information on any of the above.

List of local colleges, all of which offer different courses and may have nursery / crèche spaces available for those in NASS support:

South and City College Birmingham

2 campuses: Digbeth Campus, High Street Deritend, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SU, and Longbridge Campus, 1 Longbridge Lane, Longbridge B31 2AJ.

BMet, courses at 6 different locations, including Matthew Boulton College, Sutton Coldfield College, James Watt College and the Erdington Skills Centre. 

Over 200 courses available, including:

  • English, Maths & ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) The course you will be offered will depend on your previous qualifications and an initial assessment. Skills learnt include Speaking & Listening from September – December, Reading from December – March, Writing from March – June.

  • Each course varies in length of time depending on your level of skill.

  • Contact or call 0121 446 4545 for more details.

  • Next open day which you can attend to find out more about these courses: Saturday 17th June 2023 – 10am to 1pm. Go to, scroll down to the college you're interested in, and fill in the form on "Register Here".

  • Some financial support potentially available including for course fees, childcare costs, meal allowances etc.

Sandwell College (West Bromwich), 2 campuses: Central Campus 1 Spon Lane West Bromwich B70 6AW, and Central Saint Michael's, New Square, New Street, West Bromwich B70 7PG

Many courses available, including:

  • Free Level 3 Adult courses (part-time and full-time) in Coding Practices, Cyber Security Practices, Diploma in Counselling Skills Evening, Early Years Workforce Diploma (Early Years Educator), NCFE Diploma in Management Skills and Knowledge, and Level 4 NCFE Diploma in Adult Care. These courses are free for anyone aged over 19 who does not have a full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma or A-Levels) or higher, and who lives in a WMCA postcode area. See for more and register interest.

  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): They will carry out a simple test which will make sure that they put you on the right level of course. When you finish your course, you can progress on to higher level ESOL courses or one of their vocational courses, such as Health & Social Care or Hairdressing and others. ESOL courses are both full-time and part-time:

  • Call 0121 667 5000 and email to find out more about any of these courses.

  • Next open day which you can attend to find out more about these courses: Thursday 15th June, 4pm to 7pm. Go to and book a ticket for one of the open day slots. You will be able to bring two adults with you.


Birmingham Adult Education Service, Aston Learning Centre, 99 Whitehead Rd, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6EJ

Range of courses available including: 

  • ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages, part of which includes extra learning opportunities such as Conversation Clubs, IT skills, Wellbeing activities and preparation for vocational courses in Health and Social Care

  • Call their Information Line on 0121 303 4318 or email to find out how to join an ESOL course.

Below is a list of free and informal ESOL classes offered by community projects in Birmingham.

Brushstrokes Community Project, 253 High Street Smethwick B66 3NJ, open Monday to Friday 9am - 3pm, contact 0121 565 2234 or email

To visit: 
By Bus

80, 87 from New street Station, Birmingham

54, 80, 87 from West Bromwich Bus Station

By Train

Birmingham City Centre - New Street Station, Snow Hill Station or Moor Street Station and bus to Smethwick High Street

Local Station - Rolfe Street Station and short walk to High Street

  • Brushstrokes has no criteria for acceptance onto any of their ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses but prioritise asylum seekers wherever possible.  ESOL courses range from beginners to Entry 3 including a phonics class to help people with no reading skills.

  • Classes run from Monday to Thursday throughout term time.  Initial registration and assessment is done the first week in September and the first week in January.  Classes are usually filled very quickly. An additional Entry 1 class is currently being taught at Smethwick Baptist Church.

  • See for more info and fill in to learn English at Brushstrokes

St Chad's Sanctuary, 72 – 74 Shadwell Street Birmingham, B4 6HA, phone 0121 233 3127. WhatsApp, Telegram or text 07898 062765, email:

Karis Neighbour Scheme,, Ladywood Methodist Church, St Vincent St West, B16 8RW, 0121 455 7524

  • They run a weekly English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class, friendly and welcoming, for those who don’t have English as a first language.

  • Classes are free and they provide a crèche (nursery) for children under 5 in the same hall. 

  • You may sign up for this class if you are Local to Ladywood, don't go to college, are a refugee or asylum seeker 

  • There are no exams or accreditation and the course is a stepping-stone to college when people feel more confident.

  • Call them on 0121 455 7524 to check there are places, or visit them: 10am – 12 noon, Fridays during school term time.

Refugee and Migrant Centre,, Birmingham Branch: The Refugee and Migrant Centre, Second Floor, Chamberlain Building, 36 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HN,, or call 0121 374 0140.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are available, to find out more, attend one of RMC’s three offices where their open drop-in service runs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings between 9am-1pm.

Google "ESOL classes in Birmingham" or "courses online asylum seekers and refugees Birmingham". For colleges, you will need letters proving address and sometimes asked about charity support, some courses are only for people in asylum support / benefits. 

RefuAid support access to Language Tuition, Education, Employment and family reunification

University education grants are also available, you need to check the criteria and see if you fit them. 

Refugee Study, scholarships, grants, and free courses for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

For more information on how to apply for university as a refugee or asylum seeker, go to


Volunteering Opportunities


You may be consider becoming a volunteer, which means doing something unpaid that benefits others. This could be a regular commitment or a one-off event.

The Centre for Voluntary Action: BVSC

138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR, 0121 643 4343

•      Volunteer Centre opening hours: Monday – Friday 10-4pm

Many charities and community groups will advertise their volunteer vacancies on their websites or at their premises.

Birmingham Central Foodbank, If you are interested in volunteering with them send an email to They ask that volunteers commit to one shift a month for a minimum period of six months.

Part 7: Legal Advice and Welfare Reps


Asylum and Immigration Legal representatives

Search the OISC website for registered OISC Agencies or the Law Society:  

Always get a client care letter, (and confirm costs if private work) before instructing anyone. With asylum you need a 50% chance of success to get legal aid to pay for your solicitor, so if you cannot get this, and a private solicitor is charging you, make sure you understand what they are doing, recommend checking in with a free advisor at Brushstrokes, RMC, ASIRT or BCLC. Legal aid pays for very little time, so you need to pay attention to your case, and help your solicitor understand your need for protection.

Immigration applications are costly, don’t miss extension deadlines, and get advice early to make sure your prepared. 

The Right to Remain Toolkit 

A good place to start to understand your own case:


Legal Action for Women 

Self-help guide for Asylum Seekers and their supporters against detention and deportation T: 020 7482 2496,    


Firms we know who work with legal aid cases include:


Birmingham Community Law Centre

 744-746, Warwick Rd, Birmingham B11 2HG 0121 227 6540

Free legal advice weekly, call Tuesday 11-1pm to get appt the following Thursday- people also queue outside their offices, people who queued get preference over phone call appts. 


Braitch Solicitors 

28 Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, WV3 0TN, 0190 271 1200,


Duncan Lewis Solicitor

104 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 3AG, 0121 769 2792 New Enquiries 033 3772 0409 on do an online contact form


Genesis Law Associates Ltd

The Vault Business Centre , 123 High Street , Digbeth , Birmingham , B12 OJU,  Ph. 0121 212 0451  |  0774 338 9077,  


Fountain Solicitor

36 Bradford St, Walsall WS1 3QA, 01922 645429, or The Bordesley Centre, Stratford Road, B11 1AR, 07930 302 793  


Mordon’s Solicitor

109 A&B Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DT, 01216326464, Walk in Advice possible


TRP Solicitor

Unit 10 The Cloisters, 12 George Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1NP, 0121 616 4700,


J M Wilson Solicitors

299-301 Birchfield Road, Birmingham, B20 3BX, 0121 356 4556, Drop in Thursdays 3-6pm and Saturdays 11-1pm,


Reps we know who do not charge, OISC registered to different levels:  


ASIRT Asylum and Immigration Resource team

Dave Stamp, Unit 3 - Balsall Heath Academy for Social Enterprise, 4 St. Paul’s Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 8NG tel: 0121 213 5893, email:



Salman Mirza, 253 High Street, Smethwick, B66 3NJ, 0121 565 2234,

We hold a weekly Immigration advice clinic every Friday. Registration for the clinic is between 10.00am – 11.00am. We will be unable to see people who come to the immigration clinic after 11.00 a.m. Our service is free and operates on a drop-in basis. Smethwick residents Only.


Hope Projects 

Aliya Khan (main focus asylum cases, advises Hope Projects recipients, and some women’s aid cases), c/o Jericho Trust, 196-198 Edward Street, Balsall Heath, B12 9LX  


Lifeline Options

David Forbes, 120 Vyse St, Birmingham B18 6NF, 0121 359


Refugee and Migrant Centre 

OISC level 2, 57 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HS, 0121 374 0140, 1st Floor, 9 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4NB, 01902 311 554,

Birmingham drop in Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, arrive by 9am to get seen the same day.


Community Care Public Law: 


Birmingham Community Law Centre

744-746, Warwick Rd, Birmingham B11 2HG 0121 227 6540

We provide free specialist legal advice housing, welfare, benefits.


Bhatia Best (Nottingham)

Scott Laing, 12 Carrington Street, Nottingham, NG1 7FF, Tel: (0115) 950 3231

National contract, community care, family law. 


Instalaw (Nottingham)

Stuart Luke T: 0115 8246555, E:

Public Law and Community Care Department. He is a Public Law and Community Care specialist. Stuart has over 13 years of experience in Judicial Review work, challenging the unfair exercise and abuse of power by public authorities, human rights breaches and discrimination. ton Street, Nottgham, NG1 7FF




Birmingham Community Law Centre


744-746, Warwick Rd, Birmingham B11 2HG 0121 227 6540

Strictly by appointments only, every Wednesday and Friday morning for housing help, call 0121 227 6540 to book appointment.


Birmingham Community Law Partnership


91 Corporation St, Birmingham B4 6RP, 0121 685 8595

The Community Law Partnership (CLP) is an award winning, progressive firm of solicitors specialising in the law relating to Housing and Public Law. 


Mcgrath & Co


2nd Floor Gazette Buildings,, 168 corporation Street,, Birmingham, B4 6TF,  0121 643 4121

We have nearly 40 years experience of representing clients in housing related matters, and we have successfully represented clients in the County Court up to the highest court (now known as The Supreme court).




5th Floor, Gateway House, 53 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7SY, 0344 515 1800

We offer a wide range of help and advice on all housing and homelessness issues.

We have computers and telephones you can use to access the internet for advice.



Debt / Welfare Benefits: 


Birmingham Community Law Centre

Habib Ullah, 744-746, Warwick Rd, Birmingham B11 2HG 0121 227 6540

Call Tuesdays 9am for appts


Birmingham Settlement

0121 250 0777,

Developing communities, changing lives, independent guidance and support.  

Money Advice, mon, wed, Friday 9.30-12.30pm, debt and welfare benefits. 


Nishkam Centre  

Debt, Housing and Benefits advice

Mon – Friday 9-5pm, appointment only, drop in Wednesdays 9.30-12.30pm. 


Citizens Advice Bureau

Ground Floor, Gazette Buildings, 168 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6TF call: 03444 77 1010  email:


Employment Law


Birmingham Peoples Centre

Room 118, Gazette Buildings, 168 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6TF Landline 0121 663 1224 Mobile 07972 437396


Family Law


Family Law Solicitors Ltd

Bank Chambers, 313 High Street, West Bromwich B70 8LU, 0121 718 7085, offices in Birmingham Bearwood, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton,

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