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Project information

Refugee Resource Centre

We are seeking 2 year funding for a part-time refugee support worker for a 3 days a week, to include operating costs and proportionate costs towards the management of these new ventures. We need to find £32,000 over three years. Supporting pregnant refugee and asylum seekr mothers & their families

October 2010 - October 2014

Charity information: Narthex Sparkhill

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  • Need


    Our work with Refugees/Asylum Seeker pregnant women with no recourse to public funds. We provide cots, prams, baby clothes etc. from our resource centre. Our volunteer parish nurse supports mums & families through pregnancy & by home support. We offer advice & guidance, parenting support, & a safe friendly place. We partner with Red Cross, Victim Support, Refugee Council & Social Services etc. The resource centre has grown too big to be managed by volunteers, we need a paid worker to continue


    A grant would enable us to extend our resource centre work. Currently it's run by a volunteer manager but the work has grown too big. A grant would pay the salary of a refugee support worker which will help us be more efficient and support even more people and agencies. The support worker will work directly with female clients and children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To meeet the needs of destitute refugees and asylum seekers who have no access to goverment funds


    » Through our resource centre and drop in and a new paid support worker
    » Friendship cafe, health & parenting support
    » Providing volunteer opportunities to refugees and asylum seekers

    What success will look like

    Success will be providing 100 new mums with the practical and emotional support needed during pregnancy. Provide a safe meeting point in our new friendship cafe.

  • Impact


    Reduce isolation, provide practical and medical support through our parish nurse. Provide English classes, provide parenting classes that will enable parents to raise their children safely. Provide Paediatric First aid to 30 mums with no recourse to government funding. We will demonstrate the success of those supported by monitoring reports and client feedback. Success will be supporting an extra 60 mums over three years through our new support worker


    Their is a risk that the government will remove some of our clients before we are able to help them or move them to new areas in the UK. We have dealt with this by creating links in other parts of the UK where we can sign post clients to


    Each client is supported to obtain the relevant type of support needed. We have at present 27 agencies referring clients to us. Our parish nurse, & resource centre manager document the needs & requirements of each client & a confidential medical record is kept. We will provide year end report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £49,050

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      Amount Heading Description
      £38,600 Support Worker 3 year salary for refugee support worker
      £10,450 Running Costs Equipment, & Running Costs for three years

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hilden Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, Springfield, & wider city of Birmingham, also Coventry, & Wolverhampton


    Refugees, asylum seekers, economic migrants, low income and single parent families. This posts will provide increased support to existing clients and grow our work to a minimum of 100 more clients & extended family per annum from refugee and economic migrant communities, We have seen huge growth since we started food distribution work but it is not sustainable without paid staff. .

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have worked in the area for over 14 years and supported refugees & asylum seekers for many years. In the past 12 months we have had in excess of 120 pregnant refugee/asylum women come to us. We already work with 130-135 families and individuals a week. We are well known and have 27 agencies referring clients to us. We have staff who speak community languages. We are well known in the refugee/asylum communities who bring new clients to us also.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Frances Self,

    Frances is our volunteer Resource Centre Manager with 14 years experience in Pakistan working with minority communities

    Mary Carroll

    Mary is our volunteer parish nurse, with over 35 years experience in the NHS before she took early retirement

    , Nigel Brookhouse

    Nigel is our experienced development & project manager, with international experience working in projects in Canada & Brazil with destitute people