The Kushinga Project

Supporting African informal carers to integrate into Birmingham carer’s community.

 Our Aims

  • To create a new African Carer project which will establish semi-traditional support structures to add to those provided by traditional extended families
  • Help in establishing an African Carer’s forum to highlight the needs of informal carers and to inform about the barriers they face.
  • Involvement of African Carers into the social care agenda
  • Provide multilingual and multicultural services that promote model of care that responds to cultural variation and preferences which reflect ethnic, cultural, gender and religious backgrounds.
  • Provide anti-stigmatising and anti-discriminatory support for carers and care users.

Who is an Informal Carer?

Individuals looking after family, partners or friends in need of help because they:

  • Are ill, frail or have a disability
  • Have a life threatening illness
  • Battling with alcohol or substance misuse

Often unpaid for the care they provide. Can be faith-based spiritual carers. ACCR is an organisation for all African people and their communities in Birmingham and West Midlands.

The charity was established in October 2000, in response to the absence of culturally sensitive services for African communities living in the region

What we offer

  • Companionship
  • Respite / short breaks for carers
  • Help in gaining access to other wider carer network services
  • Information and advice
  • Help in employment, training and leisure opportunities
  • Social events and activities
  • Referrals to health checks and access to services
  • Assistance with grant applications.

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We require the help of Volunteers with a huge range of tasks, including administration, maintaining this website(!), marketing, researching the local African-Caribbean community, fundraising, translation and mentoring Clients. We are committed to the support and further development of our Volunteers.

Fundrasing & Donations

The ACCR relies on individual donations, grant-giving bodies and donations from Companies and Businesses to maintain its services. Any donations you can make are greatly appreciated and used responsibly to maintain and further develop our services.

If you wish to make a donation to ACCR you can write a check made out to ACCR and send it to:

The ACCR, Prospect Hall,
12 College Walk,
Selly Oak,
B29 6LE T

What We Do

  • Carers Support and Grants
  • Community Development
  • Health Promotion
  • Employment and Training

Access to advice
and support with:

  • Immigration advice
  • Welfare Rights
  • Debt
  • Housing