What We Do

Our Three Strategic Objectives


Enhanced co-operation and co-ordination within the voluntary sector


Build communications capacity to enable effective messaging and influencing of service provision


Making better use of existing data in order to effectively influence policy at local, regional and national level

Meet our Team

We are governed by a Project Board comprised of representatives from the voluntary sector led by an Independent Chairperson
Photo of Project Chair

Dipali Chandra

Chair and Network Facilitator

Dipali has chaired the Project since May 2020. She also runs the West Midlands Funders Network, and undertakes funding assessments, monitoring, organisational reviews, research, strategy and business development for the third sector

Andy Hoole

Project Manager

Andy has been the Coordinator of the Project since March 2019. He has worked in the Public Sector for 15 years, most recently for West Midlands Police

Emily Edge

Project Officer

Emily is finishing her Masters in Migration Studies at the Institute of Research into Superdiversity at UoB. She has previous experience volunteering in the sector, most recently with Birmingham Schools of Sanctuary, a branch of City of Sanctuary.

Latest News

Current Developments from the Project


We recently released our first Sector Assessment – BARRIERS TO MIGRANT INTEGRATION: CHALLENGES FACING MIGRANTS AND THE MIGRATION SUPPORT SECTOR IN BIRMINGHAM AND THE BLACK COUNTRY. The report has been shared widely with colleagues across Read more…

Focus Groups

We will be conducting a series of focus group activities from Spring 2022 to help broaden our understanding of the barriers faced by migrants settling in the region. For further information and to get involved Read more…