Practical Help

Simple Acts of Kindness

We support families and individuals in Birmingham and the Black Country, especially asylum seekers and refugees with little or no access to public funding by providing practical resources of food, clothing and household essentials to people who are experiencing great need.

Our Bump Start packs contain essential items for new and expectant mothers, such as nappies, clothes, blankets, bottles, Moses baskets, baby wipes and toys. These are our most requested item and we are always in need of donations of items for newborns.

We also give out non-perishable food items, clothing, blankets and bedding, and other essential household items. The needs of the people we help change according to the time of year. We therefore appeal for seasonal items such as hats, scarves and gloves in autumn and winter.

Supporting Vulnerable Individuals

Case A Supporting a vulnerable individual in the asylum system

Mr A was and has ongoing support with Brushstrokes following dispersal to Sandwell. The client has language barrier, severely disabled and on regular kidney dialysis and other health issues which he says were greatly impacting on his health. The client is in his early fifties, was found by Brushstrokes staff and volunteers during their systematic outreach and Home visits.

Mr A, though still in asylum process is severely constrained by language barrier, social isolation and on wheelchair with severe disability was unable to access legal help, register with a GP, and other services within the Sandwell area. When Brushstrokes staff and volunteers visited him at their shared Home Office authorised address, he said ‘…………I don’t know where and how to seek help, as I don’t know the language and with no knowledge of where to seek or get help from………’. He was given leaflets and advised in a language he understands well to visit Brushstrokes during a drop-advise-service on Mondays and Wednesdays.

After a few weeks of attending Brushstrokes, He said ,‘…………….Brushstrokes helped by finding and filling a GP registration form for me and found me a legal representative (Kalsi Solicitors), but most importantly I am now receiving my money regularly. I don’t know what I would have done without Brushstrokes considering my situation as a person with no language and new to the place……’ Thank you Brushstrokes for helping me.

As he is still accommodated in shared accommodation, Mr A raised a complaint, he commented that ‘………………The heater took so long to fix, and despite our language barrier my friend had to call again and again, and we don’t have money in our mobiles. And we come from hot countries; we are not used to the cold, but when Brushstrokes people came here, they contacted Serco and our heating/water and washing machine is now working well again

How to get involved

Donations can be brought to our centre from 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday.

Wish to become a volunteer?

Alternatively, items can be delivered to Father Hudson’s Care, St George’s House, Gerards Way, Coleshill, Birmingham B46 3FG. Items can be brought between 900am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am to 4.30pm on Friday.

We distribute donated items to benefit the asylum seekers, refugees and others in need who we support. Occasionally, if we have items which are unsuitable for distribution or we haven’t capacity to store them,  we either offer them to other charities supporting vulnerable groups, or sell them to raise valuable funds for our work.