The 20th anniversary of Brushstrokes Community Project has been celebrated in style.

More than 70 people united to celebrate the milestone last Friday (29 Nov).

Brushstrokes began in 1999, in a tiny Black Country council flat. A small group of volunteers went out into the local community to find those who were hidden, neglected and vulnerable. Now, it is the only charity combining its grassroots beginnings as an organisation to support people in need, at their time of need, with its expertise and understanding of how the systems disproportionately affect asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

In the intervening years, the project has grown to become a powerful voice for migrants in the UK.

As well as continuing its vital frontline work, it effectively influences local, regional and national policy with the aim of improving the broken systems that so often are the cause of people’s problems.

To mark the occasion, staff members, volunteers, service users, and representatives from partner organisations came together for a celebration in Brushstrokes’ new community centre.

Sr Margaret Walsh of the Infant Jesus Sisters cut a special anniversary cake.

It was a wonderful occasion of food, music, reminiscence and thanksgiving, and a chance for all connected with the Brushstrokes Community Project to contribute to the vision for a great future serving the people of Sandwell.

Brushstrokes is a partnership project between the Infant Jesus Sisters, Father Hudson’s Care, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd and the parish of St Philip Neri.

To help Brushstrokes change the lives of more people in need, visit their JustGiving page