Serving Your Neighbour

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Fatima House launch day

Fatima House launch

BIRCH Knowledge Sharing and Information Space

Birmingham Community Hosting (BIRCH) is a network of volunteers who open their homes to destitute asylum seekers.

Since 2011, BIRCH hosts have provided more than 4,200 nights of shelter to people with nowhere else to go. BIRCH states that there are an estimated 200,000 asylum seekers in the UK surviving without state support.

“Refused asylum seekers are denied the opportunity to work, made homeless, refused healthcare and rely on hand outs to survive.

“People in this position who have no other entitlements to public funds are usually completely destitute and often homeless. On top of this, people in this position generally have no access to mainstream provision for the homeless.”

BIRCH is inviting people to an information session to find out more about becoming a host, being hosted and to offer mutual support to volunteers and their guests.
The first session takes place at Holy Trinity RC Church in Sutton Coldfield on 10th November. Future sessions will be held every one, two or three months depending on what’s agreed at the first meeting.

Those interested in attending can contact 07912 482 336 or email To find out more about BIRCH, visit

BIRCH Knowledge Sharing and Information Space

Thursday 27th October 2016 – Pastoral Care Project charity no 1094766

On behalf of the Pastoral Care Project Trustees I would like to invite you to the Pastoral Care Project’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27th October 2016, 2.00pm at St George’s House, Gerards Way, Coleshill B46 3FG.

There is ample parking and facilities for the disabled. The time has been arranged for the afternoon hoping it accommodates working and caring commitments.

It will be an opportunity to thank God for all that was achieved last year, to welcome new trustees to the Board, and to look forward to the forthcoming initiatives for example HeARTs & Minds volunteering programme and Dementia Prayer Week March 2017. I am delighted that Monsignor Paul Watson will be our guest speaker – renowned for his teaching on spirituality and scripture at Maryvale Institute and currently parish priest at St Benedict’s, Atherstone. There will also be time to chat together afterwards to enjoy the freshly baked scones and cakes. It would be great if you are free to join us and share in the afternoon. I would really appreciate if you could complete the invitation or email by 25th October 2016.

AGM Poster Oct 2016

Thank you
Frances Molloy,
Project Manager

Identity, Equality and Community

CARJA Residential Retreat
Sponsored by the CARJ Urban Network

22-23 October 2016
St Mary’s Centre, Handsworth

98 Hunters Rd, Birmingham B19 1EB

The BREXIT Referendum has highlighted some of the serious divisions in our society. These divisions are set against the background of continuing turmoil in the Middle East and vast numbers seeking refuge or simply a better life in Europe and the UK. Here at home the gap between the rich and the poor is increasing, many feel left behind, minorities continue to experience discrimination and disadvantage, and there is a recent spike in hate crime. In the face of this complex local and global challenge, we in CARJ feel it is an appropriate time for reflection and discernment.

The Retreat will provide an opportunity for quiet reflection, sharing, prayer and discernment around these complex issues.

This event is intended for members of the CARJ Urban Network and any others who are interested. While CARJ is a Catholic organisation, the gathering is open to participants from diverse backgrounds and beliefs.

The Retreat will begin with lunch on Saturday 22 October and end after lunch on Sunday 23 October 2016.

Further information and registration please contact: Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ), 9 Henry Road, London N4 2LH (020 8802 8080), (please copy to ). The full cost for individuals is £75 (a few bursaries or partial bursaries may be available). It is important to book in advance. Payment may be made beforehand or at the event


Lampedusa Cross Walk of Witness – Sunday 2nd October

Lampedusa Cross Walk of Witness - Sunday 2nd October