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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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In all its activities, Central Africa Refugee Link, West Midlands – “CARE LINK WEST MIDLANDS” works with refugees and asylum seekers from Central Africa living in West Midlands to promote their inclusion and eliminate isolation. It offers a support network for them and an information service to all concerned for their welfare (local and regional politico-administrative authorities and civil society leaders). It gives French speaking refugees from Central Africa a voice in the society by trying to break all unspeakable truths and taboos.

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The year 2006-2007 has been an interesting and demanding year what with the follow-up activities of the mental health campaign and various projects Care Link has been involved with. The organisation has worked hard and has successfully completed most of its programmes in spite of the financial challenges that we faced in raising fund. It was a very busy time in the fiscal year but together we rounded off what has been a somewhat hectic year.

The work undertaken by the organisation was interesting and both organisation staff/members gained a lot of knowledge about the areas investigated. This year's activity generated skill grades and these have been made available through the undertaken follow-up activities of the various activities undertaken during the last year.

As we enter a new year the organisation is still clearly needed and appreciated. Some of its activities during the year under review are depicted and described in the following headings.

Activities of the year 2006-2007

During the period running from September 2006 to September 2007 (our financial year), Care Link has run four main activities to support its members. They are:

  • Floating Support/ General Support
  • Saturday Homework Club
  • Mental health and
  • Parenting

The Aims of this period's activities were to:

  • Empower refugees to be pro-active in their learning and action on local issues affecting them through their participation in Care Link activities to put into practice their achievement.
  • Provide a forum for refugee to develop on issues of common concern.
  • Offer a more effective platform for the dissemination of refugee perspectives and voices.
  • Facilitate smoother integration in the host society
  • Support refugee children with their academic assignments
  • Saturday Homework Club

Activities of the year 2006-2007For the period running from September 2006 to September 2007, Care Link action was focused on the refugee integration, especially tackling negative views and actions towards refugees and asylum seekers. Care Link management committee throughout the year held lectures and meetings, social Evening, etc. Individual refugees and asylum seekers spoke about their personal experiences in many venues. The evaluation suggested footpaths have proved success in many parts of the region during this period of the project because of the greater involvement of people from many faiths and many different cultural backgrounds. There were many thought-provoking exhibitions held in churches, markets, community centres and libraries, all promoting the refugee inclusion message. All day events were very popular as usual, focusing on the themes of respect for the country Law, children, anti social behaviour, care for the environment, and HIV/AIDS, which were attended by many local dignitaries. Music, dancing and drama all provided an entertaining way of raising awareness on integration matters.

So many events to include, so little space...


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.