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20 years of changing lives

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On 29 November 2019, more than 70 people united to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Brushstrokes Community Project.

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.

/media/news/library/sr-margaret.jpgTo 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.

 As we celebrate the last twenty years, we look towards the future, as there is still much work to be done. And as Brushstrokes rises to meet the growing needs of people in Sandwell and West Birmingham, it remains an important part of life for refugees and migrants in Sandwell and beyond.

                    

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 find out more and to support their work, visit www.brushstrokessandwell.org.uk.

To help Brushstrokes change the lives of more people in need, visit their JustGiving page, www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/fatherhudson/brushstrokes.  

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