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Beautiful Art

We have among the Syrian families we support a very talented young artist. Her drawings are so good, they have already been posted on the school wall of the Art at Biddenham International School. Here are some examples of her work. Her ambition in life is to become a doctor. She is a very hardworking student. Her knowledge of English has improved tremendously since she joined the school and she is now able to help her parents deal with some aspects of their daily life. Her art is very important to her. She is also learning the piano...it seems nothing is too difficult for her!

Family Reunions

BRASS is very proud that for the last 3 years we have run a very special service with the University of Bedfordshire Law department in Luton. It runs on Tuesday evening with the help of members of staff and students from the law department. We have helped 50 families over the last 4 years. It helps reunite Refugees with their spouses and children through the existing Family Reunion Rules. This is a very complex and difficult online form to complete and we have to send hard copies of the form to families abroad, as well as build a bundle of proof of family relationship and continuous contact. This has resulted in numerous successes over the years of the project. There can be few things more s


VOICES features a tapestry with prints of images of objects which people brought from their countries of origin and their oral histories.The prints were partly stitched to represent the land and people’s personal stories and journeys to Bedford. Volunteers from Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS),The Higgins Bedford and Aragon Lacemakers worked on the project and it was first shown during Refugee Week 2017. Touring the artwork around Bedfordshire schools has involved children in the work and learning about the journeys of displacement highlighted by the objects from distant lands. This exhibition will show artwork created by the children with a focus on raising awareness

Immigration detention inquiry

The most recent Home Office statistics show that in 2017, 85% of asylum-seeking women released from detention were released back into the community, to continue with their asylum claim – so their detention served no purpose. The Home Affairs Committee is undertaking a short inquiry into immigration detention, following oral evidence sessions on Brook House, Morton Hall and Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centres. You can see the evidence submitted and further information by clicking the image below.

A big thank you

Severine had a lovely surprise this morning when a client and her son dropped into the BRASS office to say thank you for all the help she had received. Severine has worked hard to ensure that a recent application was successful.

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