Priorities for 2019 / 20

Our overarching priorities for the year

Our priorities and outcomes for the year 2019/20

Our Forward Plan


Ensure the smooth transition of our services into new premises.

Migrant Health

Continue to develop our work on migrant health including delivery of health
awareness and piloting health screening sessions.

Core Posts

Ensure core posts are funded and continuation funding is secured for our
immigration and specialist welfare and housing advice work

Delivering New Projects Where Funding has been Secured

Support for single asylum seekers in houses of multiple occupancy, A Settling Well advice project with Citizens Advice, An EU Settlement support project for vulnerable migrants, Health screening, and additional immigration advice and casework.

Developing Additional Management Support

Secure resources to develop additional management support for our advice services.

The Impact of Brexit

Working with EU communities to understand and develop responses Brexit and
provide specialist support for vulnerable EU citizens to apply for settled status.

Partnership Working

Sustain effective partnership and network engagement ensuring Brushstrokes
provides a strong evidence base to influence migration related policy and practice

Service User and Community Involvement

Strengthen service user and community involvement in the development and
delivery of services for new communities in Sandwell and West Birmingham

Progress on our priorities for the year 2018/19

Our Forward Plan


Identify suitable premises that enable us to sustain the delivery of our services IN PROGRESS FOR COMPLETION IN 19/20

Delivering IELTS

Increase our capacity to deliver IELTS for migrant health professionals. COMPLETED

Immigration Advice

Secure funding to expand Immigration advice at Brushstrokes. COMPLETED

Increasing Access to Information and Advice

Increase access to information and advice for asylum seekers and refugees through the training and recruitment of additional advisers and advice drop-in sessions. COMPLETED

Accommodation for Refugees and Migrants

Sustain the work with migrants and landlords in the private rented sector and recruit further peer housing mentors to support this work.
ON HOLD – funding not secured. We continue to provide a limited housing
advice and support as part of general advice service.

The Impact of Brexit on EU Nationals.

Build on our existing relationship with new EU community organisations and develop new approaches to understand, inform and respond to the impact of Brexit on EU nationals. COMPLETED FOR 18/19. On-going for 19/20

Sustaining and Develop our Strategic Engagement

Sustain and develop our strategic engagement with local, regional and national networks dealing with asylum and migration and provide evidence from our work that can influence social policy.

COMPLETED FOR 18/19. On-going for 19/20