Asylum Seekers and Refugee Community Blackburn

We welcome and support asylum seekers and refugees, enabling and equipping them to lead happy and confident lives.

Who we are

We are a welcoming, safe, supportive and caring community where those who have been forced to flee their homelands can be encouraged and enabled to rebuild their lives.

Our Approach

Our story

ARC Blackburn is based at Wesley Hall in Blackburn. Founded in 2004, ARC is well established with a history of working with asylum seekers and refugees in the Blackburn with Darwen Borough.

ARC prides itself on working in partnership with other local and national organisations in order to provide our service users with as many opportunities as possible.  Many of these partners attend our weekly Drop-in and ARC is a regular attendee of the Blackburn with Darwen Asylum Seeker Multi Agency Forum.

In 2016 ARC was awarded the Fusion Community Cohesion award for our efforts in promoting the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into the local community.  More recently, in 2019, we were awarded 1Voice ‘Institute of the Year’.

Our mission

ARC exists to welcome and support asylum seekers and refugees, enabling and equipping them to lead happy and confident lives.

Our vision

Our vision is that ARC should be a welcoming, safe, supportive and caring community where those who have been forced to flee their homelands can be encouraged and enabled to rebuild their lives.

Our values

We are committed to:

LOVE – ensuring that every community member feels loved, welcomed and valued.

HOME – creating a safe environment where everyone feels they belong.

 

LISTENING – focusing our full attention on the individual, to better understand their needs.

HOPE – building better brighter futures together.

COMMUNITY – building a supportive, vibrant and diverse community.