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Funding gives New Hope to Sandwell

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Brushstrokes Community Project has won funding from the Heart of England’s New Beginnings fund to help them support vulnerable refugees in Sandwell and West Birmingham.

The money will fund a new information and guidance service, called the New Hope Project, which will give advice to vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and trafficked women. People will be able to seek advice on a wide range of topics, including health, education and employment. The service will also put people in touch with other specialist services for additional help.

Brushstrokes already supports over 1,000 people from more than 130 countries and the need for their services is growing. The funding will help them to meet this increased demand. Teresa Clements, Project Manager, said, “for refugees in the area, support from a project like Brushstrokes is essential. Our services prevent hunger and homelessness – they save lives. The extra funding will mean we can support more people who desperately need help.”

Brushstrokes provides food, household essentials and baby items among other practical resources. It also runs English lessons, befriending and community outreach. At the moment, information and guidance is part and parcel of these. The New Hope Project will free up these services so they can focus their energies on their specialist areas.

/media/news/library/dsc_1732.jpgAs well as providing information and advice the service will help people to live independently, make the most of local amenities and get involved in their local area. It will also bring volunteering opportunities for local people. Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet people, gain skills and improve their CVs. It will also bring people from different backgrounds and cultures together, encouraging them to get to know and understand one another better.

Although the grant is for one year, Teresa is keen to keep the New Hope Project going beyond that as the support it offers is invaluable to people in great need.

Based in Smethwick, Brushstrokes is a partnership project between the Infant Jesus Sisters, Father Hudson’s Care and the parish of St Philip Neri that provides practical support, guidance and befriending to people who are experiencing extreme poverty.

To find out more about Brushstrokes, visit www.brushstrokessandwell.org.uk

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