About Us

 ARC Blackburn is a charity based at Wesley Hall in Blackburn Town Centre. Founded in 2004, ARC is well established with experience and a history of working with asylum seekers and refugees in the Blackburn with Darwen Borough.

ARC seeks to create a safe, welcoming space for those fleeing war, persecution and violence in their homelands.  ARC provides the practical support asylum seekers and refugees need to start rebuilding their lives in the UK.  Open five days a week the Project runs a number of different activities for service users to participate in. For more information on what we do please see our activities page here

ARC prides itself on working in partnership with other local and national organisations in order to provide our service users with as many opportunities as possible.  Many of these partners attend our weekly Drop-in and ARC is a regular attendee of the Blackburn with Darwen Asylum Seeker Multi Agency Forum. 

In 2016 ARC was awarded the Fusion Community Cohesion award for our efforts in promoting the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into the local community.  More recently, in 2019, we were awarded 1Voice 'Institute of the Year'.