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I love coming here because you are all such nice people, I come here because your prayers mean so much to me.
— 'Sarah'

Azadi Trust established The Open Door Friendship Centre in Small Heath on October 2013. It is a community focused centre that seeks to show Jesus' love, bring peace, and meet the needs of the surrounding community. 

The impact we have is evident in the smiles on the faces of the guests and participants that pass through our open doors each week. We are a place of peace where people can receive help, in a community that otherwise doesn’t have much available to those who need help.

One visitor told us "I don't know where I would go if you weren't here, I would have no where else to go." 


'Kevin' enjoys a weekly conversation in Urdu and a quick game of Carrom with a cup of tea. When he enters, he loves to go around and shake hands with everyone here.

'Sarah' loved coming to the Centre so much that she signed up to be a helper! She brings her daughter with her and both find love and peace here.  

'Andrew' started coming a couple of months ago and has barely missed a day since! He sits near the front and spends the time drinking strong coffee and chatting with our volunteers about faith, life, and football. 


Here are just a few examples of how we have been able to help and reach people:

  • Prayed for, counselled, and encouraged people through very difficult times, with a cup of tea and a chat

  • Helped several people by interceding for them with the city council

  • Helped two local business owners learn how to set up and maintain computer accounts

  • Helped and empowered local women through learning English, computers, or Sewing

  • Helped people struggling with English complete applications for driving licences, passports, housing benefits, job seekers and more


Open Door Friendship Centre Seeks to Provide:

  • A safe and neutral base for local people of all faiths to meet and have their needs met

  • A base for outreach and service to the local community

  • Facilities and activities for the local community

  • Building friendships between people of diverse backgrounds

  • A place of peace and prayer

Come and have a 'cuppa' with us in Small Heath! You can find us on Green Lane, number 388!



Weekly Schedule


  • Men’s Tea and Chat: 10 am - 2 pm

  • Men’s Basic Computer Classes: 10:30am - 11:30 am

  • Ladies Conversational English Discussion Group: 10:30 am - 12 pm

  • Ladies Crafts: 12 pm - 1 pm

  • Ladies Sewing Class: 12 pm - 1 pm

  • Men’s Conversational English Discussion Group: 7 pm - 8:30 pm


  • Men’s Tea and Chat: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m

  • Ladies Sewing Class: 10 am - 12 pm

  • Ladies Basic Computer Class: 10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Ladies Beginners English Class: 12 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Boy’s and Girl’s Homework Club: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


  • Men’s Beginner to Intermediate English Class: 7:30 pm - 9 pm


  • Men’s Tea and Chat: 10 am - 2 pm

  • Advice Session: 10:30 am - 1 pm

  • Ladies and Babies Rhyme Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Ladies Beginners English Class: 11:30 pm - 12:30 pm

  • Ladies Cooking and Baking: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sessions may occasionally need to be cancelled or re-scheduled due to school assemblies, open days orother event!