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While we can’t offer specialist advice about seeking asylum, we can support you to access the services and activities at the LGBT Centre. We can give you information about the social and support groups, fitness and cultural activities that take place here. If you would like this information, please visit the LGBT Centre Monday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm.
If you would like to arrange to see a member of staff for a one-to-one emotional support session, you will need to book an appointment. You can arrange the appointment when you visit the Centre, or you can call 0121 643 0821.
If you need information about seeking asylum, appeals and the process, you can also arrange an appointment to see the LGBTI Asylum Seeker Support Worker from UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) who visits Birmingham LGBT once a month. We hold a surgery once a month, on the third Wednesday. This is a drop-in service: please arrive between 12pm and 3pm. Please note UKLGIG strictly do not provide advice or representation but can offer information and signposting including to specialist asylum and immigration lawyers including those with legal aid capacity.
Asylum Seekers Social
There is also an asylum social group run by Journey Church which meets at the Centre on the third Friday of the month, from 1pm to 4pm. You can just turn up to this.
Letters of Support
We are sometimes asked to write letters to support a person’s asylum claim or asylum appeal. We will only agree to do this for asylum seekers who have been having support sessions and attending group events at the Centre over a number of months. We will not write letters of support for people if we have only just met or spoken to them.
If you think you will attend regularly, please ask for the Birmingham LGBT Attendance Record sheet, which will help you keep evidence of what you have attended, when you attend your support session.
The next advice surgery with UKLGIG is
Wednesday 19th April
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner.
Birmingham LGBT works in partnership with UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group to deliver free, asylum advice surgeries in Birmingham once a month. The surgeries are popular, so if you can’t get a slot and need advice fast, call UKLGIG Helpline on:
020 7922 7811 – Monday to Friday, during office hours
Or visit their website for more information http://uklgig.org.uk/
The organisation was created in 1993, as Stonewall Immigration Group, by same sex couples and their lawyers to share information, lobby for change and inform and advise lesbians and gay men wanting to remain together in the UK on the basis of their relationship. Since 2003, the focus of the group has been on assisting those who seek refuge in the UK from countries where LGBTI people are persecuted.
Around the world more than 80 countries consider homosexuality illegal, in five of these the death penalty can apply. Moreover, the persecution experienced by LGBT people goes well beyond any official prosecutions. The violence, humiliation, inequality and discrimination many LGBT people face, can be enacted by state officials, but is also often experienced within their own communities and families without any recourse to protection. UKLGIG assists LGBT people who have come to the UK to seek a safe haven from persecution, and supports LGBT activists who are working to change the attitudes and legislation in their home countries.
Journey MCC Asylum Social Group is an inclusive social & support group for LGBT asylum seekers, providing a safe, welcoming space in the heart of Birmingham.
The group meets at the LGBT Centre on the third Friday of the month, from 1pm to 4pm. You can just turn up to this.
for more details contact Rev. Stephen Bentley on 07734 155 664
Dates in 2016:
There are lot’s of other services, that can support you in many ways:
AB Plus (for HIV+ people)
0121 622 6471
ASIRT (Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team)
0121 772 6233
Birmingham Asian Resource Centre
0121 523 0580
0121 236 2997
British Red Cross West Midlands
0121 766 5444
The Children’s Society West Midlands Refugee Programme
0121 236 3968
Freedom From Torture West Midlands
0121 314 6825
Freshwinds FInDA Advice and Welfare
0121 415 6670
0121 359 5435
Refugee Action in Birmingham
0121 201 3070
Refugee Council West Midlands
0121 446 5118
Refugee & Migrant Centre Black Country
01902 311 554
Restore (Immigration advice & asylum welfare)
0121 236 0069
RSVP (Rape & Sexual Violence Project)
0121 643 4136
RSVP Social Group for Sexually Abused Refugees & Asylum Seeker
0121 643 0301
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