Background History


In October 2004, there was a huge concentration of refugees and asylum seekers from French speaking African countries (DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Tchad, Senegal, CAR, Congo,Cameroon, etc.) in West Midlandlands with complex and challenging needs and who didn’t know where to go for support. Many of these individuals, who found themseleves in the Black Country under the Home Office dispersal and resettlement schemes,  suffered from exile related stressors such as lack of network of family, friends or community to call on, language barriers, culture shock, disdavantages, not being aware of how the system works, discrimination, marginalisation, poverty, unemployment, etc.

A small group of African former support workers, volunteers and service users from different professional backgrounds gathered to discuss how they could make a difference in the lives of their own people. Then Care Link West Midlands was set up on 16th October 2004 to provide  care, support, charity, love, and friendship in all aspects of human life.

Since then, we continue providing these community support services to vulnerable BME refugees and asylum seekers whose English is not their first language through a number of areas:  – Welfare, Health, Employment, Access to further/higher education and Training in life skills.

Our Mission Statement

Care Link West Midlands will make a positive difference to the lives of the service users it supports.   We will work with others to provide a quality service and ensure that all service users are enabled to lead independent and fulfilling lives through the provision of quality services.