Restore’s strapline is: welcome – include – integrate.
Restore’s mission is to encourage friendship and build resources, primarily through the churches, to enable asylum seekers and refugees to make a valued contribution in society.
Restore’s work is relational. We work with refugees and asylum seekers who have fled persecution in their own countries to find safety in the UK. Our ultimate aim is that refugees belong to a new community, feel part of British society and able to contribute to community life. We recognise that for many this is a long process during which people benefit from support.
Restore was founded in 1999 by a group of churches in Birmingham, who wished to help Kosovans fleeing conflict and other asylum seekers arriving in our city due to the policy of dispersing them to be accommodated in cities across Britain. Restore was adopted by the registered charity Birmingham Churches Together in 2000. From its early days Restore has offered one-to-one befriending and raised awareness about refugee and asylum issues and other work has developed since then.