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The History of Brushstrokes

Strengthening and supporting refugees and migrants

"We must be in the hand of God like a brush in the hand of the painter”   — Nicolas Barré



Brushstrokes is a partnership community project set up in 1999 by Sister Margaret and the Father Hudson’s Society.


Bush Avenue was the first home of the Brushstrokes Project and volunteers went out to find those most hidden and neglected. Soon Brushstrokes was hosting Family Activities, ESOL and  IT classes at the house. The attic stored Christmas gifts and book shelves in a tiny front room became a food store and the Parish Centre for clothing. 

Brushstrokes Community Project was officially opened by Archbishop Vincent Nicholls in the Parish Centre of St Philip of Neri.  However, two months later the Centre was destroyed in an arson attack. It was a devastating blow but somehow Brushstrokes carried on. ​ A few months later Brushstrokes was back into a much improved building. Since then the Project has gone from strength to strength.


Brushstrokes opened its Friday morning cafe to support those most in need, and in 2015 becomes a recognised Place of Welcome


Brushstrokes designated an approved centre for immigration advice


Enabled by the support of the project’s newest partner, The Sisters of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Brushstrokes moved to a new building. Located right at the heart of the community, it will allow Brushstrokes to increase the support it offers to the community.

Celebrating 20 Years of Supporting the Most Vunlerable

Brushstrokes invited past and present users and supporters of the charity to celebrate 20 years of working in the community to help the most vunlerable in society.

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Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of WIndrush, "The Diamond Jubilee for Diversity in the United Kingdom" and preparing for the next 75 years.

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