Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre news Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre is a charity relieving hardship and distress for local refugees and asylum seekers, run by around 35 full time employees and over 100 volunteers. Fri, 17 May 2013 13:56:00 +0000 Open Day - Refugee Week 2013 Fri, 17 May 2013 13:56:00 +0000 Interested in finding out more about what we do and see what opportunities are avaliable?


Come along to the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre on:

Tuesday 18th June 1 - 4

Main Hall

Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre

15 Bishop Street



CRMC Praised As Coventry's Only "Living Wage" Employer Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:05:00 +0000 The Coventry Telegraph has today featured a column by one of the region's leading political reporters praising the CRMC for being the only employer in Coventry and Warwickshire currently signed up to the national Living Wage scheme.

Les Reid writes in his column today that CRMC are "showing the Council and local businesses the way forward" and praises the charity for its efforts, arguing that the rest of Coventry needs to follow their lead.

You can read the full column here:

'Asylum seekers facing a Kafkaesque legal nightmare' says Guardian Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:17:00 +0000 read more here

Refugees: On the Run photographs Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:37:00 +0000 There are more than 43 million people on the run in the world today. Some are refugees seeking a home in a new country, while others are the internally displaced, photographer Espen Rasmussen has spent six years documenting the lives of some of those people, from the camps in the DR Congo to the displaced in Georgia.

You can see some of the pictures in an artlicle on the BBC website here

Hope Fund Appeal for local destitute is launched at Lyng Hall School Tue, 24 May 2011 11:50:00 +0000 On Monday 16th May, the Bishop of Coventry presided over the launch of an appeal for The Hope Fund, Coventry to help desitutue asylum seekers.

The Bishop highlighted the growing humanitarian crisis of our local destitute asylum seekers and asked for local people to make regular donations to the fund. The launch was met with enthusiasm from students of Lyng Hall School who will support the initiative by using their creative skills to fundraise for the Fund.

You can help by making donations in the 'Destitution' section of our website.

We welcome involvement from any individuals and organisastions who can help us to raise funds, you can read the launch pack of information and materials here

CRMC's Big Brew 2 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:20:00 +0000 We hosted our Big Brew 2 to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight. Visitors came to try Fairtrade coffee, tea, homemade flapjacks, cookies, honey and chocolate! They took part in the Honey Quiz for which the prize was kindly donated by Lush. Other items were kindly donated by Co-op, Sainsburys, Tesco, Fairshare and Esquires. Many visitors decorated triangles of Fairtrade cotton which will be added to a world record attempt for the longest bunting in the world!

The following piece from the Coventry Telegraph was one of several items of press coverage.


CRC highlighted in BBC report Fri, 04 Feb 2011 03:03:00 +0000 CRC is highlighted in BBC coverage of the recent Oxfam report into the crisis of destitution amongst failed asylum seekers in the UK. Oxfam reports that thousands of failed asylum seekers are neglected by the system and living in the UK with no income or safe place to sleep.

The BBC coverage focuses on Coventry where charities, led by CRC, are working together to provide crucial help. It quotes Bhopinder Basi, Chief Executive of CRC criticising the system as "incompetent" and that our cruel asylum system "shames us all". The article describes the practical help given by CRC and the Coventry Hope Partnership to destitute clients experiencing extreme hardship. To read the full article click here

CRC helps to repatriate Genet Kidane body Thu, 03 Feb 2011 13:59:00 +0000 Grieving family and friends of the woman who died after falling from a bridge in Coventry need to raise £3,000 to send her body back to her African homeland.

Genet Kidane, originally from Eritrea, was found dead on the Coventry ring road after plunging from the Canal basin bridge on January 12th. She came to the city six years ago after fleeing political unrest, was a client of CRC when seeking asylum and also a student at the centre. Friends have already raised £1,400 so she can be buried in her home city of Asmara, but another £3,000 is still needed.

CRC is acting to collect monies donated towards the cost of returning Genet to Eritrea.

Anyone wishing to help can send a cheque or cash to Coventry Refugee Centre, 15 Bishop Street, Coventry, CV1 1HU and write 'Genet Kidane' on the back of the cheque or include a note with cash stating 'Genet Kidane'.

You can also donate securely online via our website here: - please state 'Genet Kidane' in the text box giving your instructions to the charity.

You can read more about this tragic event and the appeal on the Coventry Telegraph website here:


Thanks to the support and generosity of many people in Coventry, the appeal raised funds to enable the return of this tragic woman's body back to her homeland. We are pleased to report that she has been transported back home and buried according to her and her family's wishes. The Appeal is now closed.

Womens Group events Feb - May Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:42:00 +0000 Parveen Tewari (who coordinates CRC Womens Group activities) has published a calendar of upcoming Womens Group events and activities for the months ahead. For full details - see the Womens Group section under Events on this website!

Clients benefit from new food schemes Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:02:00 +0000 Every day perishable foods including fruit, vegetables, bread, cakes, milk, yoghurt, packed meats and more are distributed to our clients, courtesy of Coventry’s Costco. The cash and carry firm opened it’s Coventry store last August and now makes near-out-of-date foods available to Coventry’s deserving poor. For clients who are either destitute, waiting for benefits to start or existing on low income it’s a welcome opportunity to put a decent meal on their table.

We have also become part of the Coventry Foodbank initiative, a national venture pioneered by the Trussell Trust who run a network of community-led foodbanks. Foodbanks distribute food bought in supermarkets by the public and donated into a charity bin. Food items are collected, stored and redeemed against vouchers for a food box containing a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food of their choice. Vouchers are available to the hungry, homeless, destitute and other deserving poor. CRC is one of a growing number of frontline care agencies in Coventry taking advantage of this excellent new scheme for clients.