Why does Hope exist?

Imagine fleeing persecution and having to seek protection in another land. You’d hope for welcome, sympathy and for your rights to be respected. Sadly the British asylum system is complex and often hostile. Many people are refused the protection they desperately need simply because they get lost in the system.

When your asylum appeal is refused, you are evicted from your house, all your money is stopped and you are not allowed to work. You are left street homeless and destitute.

With 12 houses around Birmingham and the Black Country, Hope offers a roof over your head, money for food and essentials and the legal advice and representation you need to overturn flawed refusals of asylum; so you can start to live a normal life in safety.

What Hope Does

Destitution Fund

Hope provides cash grants for people left destitute while challenging flawed refusals of asylum. People are usually staying in Hope Housing, with friends or family, or with other charities.

Housing

We have 12 houses in Birmingham and the Black Country that are home to over 30 people left homeless and destitute while challenging flawed refusals of asylum.  We cover all utility costs.

Peer Support

Well Being is central to the Hope approach. Our staff and volunteers make sure that people are safe and able to make friends and connections in their own neighbourhoods.

Legal

We make sure that everyone in our housing has high quality legal advice. Where we cannot get legal aid, Hope’s own legal expert provides advice and representation.

Hope People

Staff

Phil Davis
Phil DavisDirector
Phil has been working with destitute asylum seekers for over 15 years. He is responsible for the overall management of Hope Projects, including fundraising and new developments.
Tarisai Gogodo
Tarisai GogodoOperations Manager.
Tarisai has worked in a wide range of homelessness charities. She has a BA Business Admin Degree from Birmingham City University and an MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Studies from University of Birmingham.
Aliya Khan
Aliya KhanLegal Officer
Aliya is a chartered legal executive and an OISC 3 immigration advisor. She is responsible for all aspects of Hope’s legal work.
Amanda
AmandaHousing Support
Amanda brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to Hope. She is responsible for the safety and well-being of the women we support and the houses they live in.
Louise Watts
Louise WattsLegal Caseworker
Louise is a qualified OISC advisor working on the legal project. She has a wide range of professional experience and academic knowledge to bring to the team. Louise is passionate about advocating and campaigning to end the hostile environment and protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
Louise Ben Kiran
Louise Ben KiranWell-being Officer
Through her previous voluntary work Louise has first-hand experience of working with destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Calais. She is supporting our residents to access health care and various kind of activities.
Selbin Kabote
Selbin KaboteHousing Support Officer
Selbin Kabote is an activist who for many years has campaigned for the rights of migrants and people who come to the United Kingdom to seek political asylum. Selbin believes in the power of highlighting positive arguments for migration. Selbin is also a freelance journalist who has worked for many years as a media trainer in the UK.
Sue Conlan
Sue ConlanLegal Associate
Sue has been involved in the immigration field for more than 30 years, both within the voluntary sector and private legal practice. Her current work includes training, consultancy and complex casework, particularly for people who have been refused asylum, including appeals. She is an OISC level 3 registered adviser with Hope Projects and the Director of TACTIC.

Volunteers

Hope relies on its volunteers. We are particularly grateful to the following:

Ali
AliVolunteer

Trustees

Rev. Neil Johnson
Rev. Neil JohnsonChair
Rev. Dr. Neil Johnson is Deputy Chair of Birmingham Methodist District, presbyter of The Church at Carrs Lane and Honorary Research Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham. He chairs Birmingham Christian Homelessness Forum and is vice chair of the Adavu project addressing modern slavery.
Derek Bennett
Derek BennettTreasurer
Derek Bennett qualified as chartered accountant in 1959 and worked professionally in finance and later in business. He has served as a trustee of Birmingham Law Centre, South Birmingham Foyer Trust, and as a Board member of Mercian Housing Association. He was a founder member of Birmingham Supporters of Freedom from Torture and is currently Treasurer of Bournville Amnesty International and Director of Midland Industrial Association.
Dr. Surinder Guru
Dr. Surinder GuruTrustee
As a migrant herself, issues of migration have always been close to Surinder’s heart. At the Asian Resource Centre in the 1980s She gained frontline experience of immigration advice work and it was here she became involved in anti-deportation campaigns as another means of resisting the iniquitous effects of immigration policies. In the 1990s She moved into teaching Social Work at the Selly Oak Colleges and the University of Birmingham where her research into domestic violence, counter-terrorism and trafficking has been widely published. She was a Board Member at Friendship Housing and Care for 15 years until 2014.
Dominic Bradley
Dominic BradleyTrustee
Dominic is Chief Executive of Spring Housing. He is an experienced Managing Director in the non-profit , charitable and housing sector. Skilled in Social Housing, Management, Business Growth Strategies, Community Engagement, and Leadership. He has a Combined Honours Degree in Education Studies and Managing People.
The Rt. Hon. Clare Short
The Rt. Hon. Clare ShortTrustee
Clare Short was MP for Birmingham Ladywood for 27 years before standing down in 2010. She was Secretary of State for International Development from 1997 to 2003 and set up the Department for International Development. She resigned from the government over the Iraq war.

She is currently chair of Cities Alliance a multilateral agency focused on improving the lives of slum dwellers. She is also a trustee of Africa Humanitarian Action which focuses on Africans responding to humanitarian emergencies in the continent.

Ranjit Sondhi CBE
Ranjit Sondhi CBETrustee
Born in India, he has lived, studied and worked in the UK since 1966. A graduate in Theoretical Physics, he founded the Asian Resource Centre in Handsworth, Birmingham in 1976. He was Senior Lecturer in Community and Youth Studies at University of Birmingham Westhill from 1985 to 2005. He has served as Vice Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, a governor of the BBC, a trustee of the National gallery and on the Civil Service and Criminal Cases Review Commissions. He is currently Vice Chairman of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and a Board Member of Citizens UK; Guide Dogs for the Blind; Chairman, Sampad; and Nishkam Health Project.
Louise Calvey
Louise CalveyTrustee
Louise is head of services and safeguarding for Refugee Action. She leads their work on refugee resettlement. She joined Refugee Action in 2011. Before working with Refugee Action, Louise worked with young people affected by homelessness and drugs & alcohol and those vulnerable to exploitation. She began her career as volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Our Referring Partners Are…

Hope Projects is also proud to work with NACCOM, the national network for anti destitution projects, and Spring Housing

NACCOM, the UK-wide No Accommodation Network
Spring Housing provide high quality housing and support to maximise tenancy sustainment.