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Care Link is an organisation that was formed in on 16th October 2004. Our primary function is to support the refugee community from Central Africa living in West Midlands (Rwanda, Burundi, D R Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic) and offer a number of services to the community.

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Chairperson's Introduction to The Annual Report

chairpersonI am pleased to introduce our annual report for the year 2004-2005. Following my appointment as chairperson for Care Link in November 2004, this charity quickly became a recognised and a registered charity later in May 2005. The Charity has seen a year of considerable development, and it seems clear that there is more to come. The establishment of new governance tools and arrangements to separate the roles of the trustees in the management committee has added a new dynamism to the Board. This paved the way for a wide ranging strategic review, looking to the future and to meeting the vision of the charity in more customer-facing and innovative ways.

This year the charity faced the challenge of a complete turnaround of fundraising. Nevertheless, I am pleased to report that the service provided to service users did not diminish. In great measure, this was due to the efforts of every trustee and our volunteers. I thank everyone and all of the team, past and present, for their enthusiasm and commitment.

I hope that you find our report interesting and informative. Gaspard Nzamurambaho, Chairperson

Secretary's Message

Walingamina Shomari, SecretaryAs you read this annual report you will see a small amount of the huge development that has taken place within Care Link. Our governing body and Management team has led the organisation through a turbulent period. The quality of our service has been of major importance and throughout every aspect of the organisation provision, monitoring and assessment of our service has been of prime importance. I look back in awe over the last twelve months at what we have achieved for our refugee community from Central Africa.

Continuing external pressures in the organisation have had to be faced with determination, intelligence and sound business strategies for success. This has been exemplified in the effort of the trustees and volunteers. They have worked unstintingly to achieve our targets and adjust to changing circumstances. The restructuring of the organisation will enable us to maintain and deliver our strategic objectives giving special emphasis to public education and awareness.

After the year's development, many areas of the organisation have been transformed. Further sustained investment will complete our improvement program to bring Care Link into the league of premier inner city refugee organisation. You will read about the many exciting developments in our provision for our local community. We have held many events of outstanding quality - pop-in meetings, trainings, conferences, seminars, workshops, overseas visits, exhibition and open days, which have all ended us to engage with local refugee communities.

Walingamina Shomari, Secretary 


This is the report of the work of Central Africa Refugee Link, West Midlands - "CARE LINK" from November 2004 to December 2005 and does not include the Audited Accounts 2005.
In all its activities, the group Care Link is working to support the refugee community from Central Africa living in West Midlands (Rwanda, Burundi, D R Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic) and offer a number of services to them.

It offers a support network for refugee and their children and an information service regarding their welfare.
During the year 2005 both the volunteers and trustees together hand-in-hand worked hard to put into practice all that its mission statement, printed above, requires. Some of its activities carried out during the year 2005 are depicted and described in the following pages.

The costs of funding the organisation during the year have been met from subscription of members, the sale of African music and donation from local churches.
We shall continue to appeal to many sources of funding, as well as asking our membership to get more involved in fund raising activities. In order to raise the extra money we need we have set up a Fund-raising Network.


Membership is open to individuals over eighteen or organisations who are approved by the Trustees.

The Trustees may only refuse an application for membership if, acting reasonably and properly, they consider it to be in the best interests of the Charity to refuse the application. There is a membership application available. A copy of this application may be requested by phoning our office on 0121 565 2612.

The Trustees will inform the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal within twenty-one days of the decision.

Once membership is approved, the details of the new member will be kept in our register of names and addresses of the members which is made available to any member upon request.

Charity information

Central Africa Refugee Link is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No. 6218206 Charity Reg. No. 1109505.

Registered Office: Central Africa Refugee Link, 91 Hurst Road, Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands, B67 6LY, UK.

Tel/Fax: 0121 565 2612

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Care Link West Midlands was established  16th October 2004

We are not a grant making organization.