Austin Smith House - Passionist House of Hospitality

At Austin Smith House we host up to 6 destitute refugees / asylum seekers, providing a safe welcoming home and community, food and some advocacy. We are working on transforming our paved over garden into a place of growth and nourishment for god's creation, as well as food for our table and a place for guests to join us in enjoyable, fulfilling, dignified and literally fruitful work.

We are also involved in refugee solidarity activities such as the recent 'Refugees Welcome Here' vigils in Birmingham City centre.

We have been involved in peace vigils and demonstrations at 'UAV Engines', the drone engine factory owned by Elbit, the Israeli arms company, as well as taking part in vigils at the UK's drones control base at RAF Waddington.

We are also looking to start a 'Catholic Worker' group in Birmingham, part of the movement started by Dorothy Day in New York. Please contact if you are interested.

If you are also interested in becoming a live in volunteer or community member please get in touch.


Martin Newell cp
Austin Smith House
96 Ivor Road
B11 4NX

Tel  ++44 - 121 - 772 7933