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BRASS's big picnic party

Over 100 people celebrated BRASS's 20th birthday at the Quarry Theatre in Bedford on Saturday 18th August. There was lots of fun and games and beautiful birthday cake.

Life in The UK Test classes

Classes to help prepare for the Life in The UK Test will start again on October the 9th. Please come to the BRASS office at 27b Tavistock Street, Bedford, to register if you are interested in joining this class.

The Quakers-Syrian Social Sunday 26th August

Grand-parents, parents and the Friends enjoying some quality and creative time together in the Art & Craft room at the Quakers Meeting House in Bedford on Sunday 26th August 2018.


The VOICES exhibition at The Basement Gallery, John Bunyan Museum, ran from August 13th-17th 2018. It was a collaboration between The Higgins Museum and BRASS on the VOICES PROJECT. This exhibition combined the VOICES display with the tapestry of objects and the work carried out at the Primary Schools around Bedford with structures made of wire together with the new extension of this project entitled ‘RE-CONSTRUCT … VOICES THROUGH ART’. The photographs displayed in the exhibition were taken while visiting six Syrian Families in Bedford and recording their oral history of displacement: All the Syrian Families came on Tuesday together with their interpreter Mahmoud. Their thoughts on the disp

Asylum seekers' 20-year wait for Home Office ruling

A report in today’s Guardian newspaper provides some sad background to the challenges that Asylum seekers face in the UK. The Home Office has left some people waiting more than 20 years for decisions on their asylum claims, according to data obtained exclusively by the Guardian, in delays charities say are unacceptable and “utterly barbaric”. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/17/revealed-asylum-seekers-20-year-wait-for-home-office-ruling

A day at the seaside

We had a rainy coach trip to Hunstanton this summer. It was just after the heat wave! But 50 people came and we shared a birthday cake for Mohamed Elwani’s 15th birthday. His family stayed on in Hunstanton for a week's caravan holiday. Our clients said despite the drizzily day they had a lovely time.

BRASS's Birthday Picnic

We are celebrating BRASS’s 20th birthday with a picnic party on Saturday 18th of August from 14:00-17:00 at the Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK42 2NN, and you are invited! Bring along your picnic with some food to share along with something to sit on! It is free entry and open to all. We will be offering finger food and drinks will be available. There will be a raffle, a bric-a-brac stall and lots of fun and games during the afternoon for children and adults. Look forward to seeing you there, Brian Brass Coordinator brian@brass27b.org

A Top Ten student

Mohammad, a 15-year-old Syrian boy has been awarded TOP TEN three terms in a row during the academic year 2017-2018 at Daubeney Academy. He is an active and talented young man, who has excelled at school. He is also in his second year of piano, an activity which brings him and his family a lot of joy.

Abdullah receives the Knight Of Knowledge honour

This beautiful certificate was awarded to Abdullah, by his school, Springfield Primary. Abdullah is one of the Syrian children supported by BRASS and Bedford Borough Council through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Abdullah has been in the UK for just over 2 years, he is 9 years old and did not know any English when he arrived. This is an amazing achievement. Well done Abdullah.

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