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Please check back here every so often for our latest news and updates on what’s happening at Karis Neighbour Scheme. If you’d like to sign up for our e-newsletter you can click here.


Like many charities we had to adjust our work in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions in place to help reduce the spread of the virus.

We have now been able to restart most of our activities, although some are working in slightly different ways. All of our projects are still operating, please note the following:

Ladywood Community Advice is now offering face to face appointments for benefits advice but our drop-in sessions haven’t re-started, please call on 0121 454 8994 and leave a message if you have an issue you’d like help with and we will book you an appointment. Our Karis BeFriends Advice project is operating in a similar way. You can also email us and we will get back in touch.

Listening & Guidance are now offering face to face or phone appointments, please ask your GP if they can refer you to the service or call Karis Medical Centre on 0121 455 0542.

Our office is contactable between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday and we are contactable on our main number, 0121 455 7524, or email us at


Dr Robert Chesner at Karis Medical Centre is taking part in a half Ironman in Wales on 18 June, raising funds for Amnesty International and Karis Neighbour Scheme in memory of his grandma Betty.

Many of you will know that KNS was born from an idea by one of the GPs at Karis Medical Centre, so we are delighted to be one of the beneficiaries of Rob’s great efforts!  Rob says “Grandma Betty was kind, selfless and an advocate for human rights, equality and opportunity for all. I know she will be smiling at the thought of much needed money and resources being provided for both KNS and her beloved Amnesty.” If you’d like to sponsor Rob and help raise money for these great causes please visit his Justgiving page here.


Find our latest newsletter here to catch up on how we’ve been re-starting lots of our activities and all the latest news from KNS.


A big welcome to some of our new staff who have started in the past few months, Katharine Harris joins us as our Karis BeFriends Advice worker, Hannah Eno has taken on our Fundraising role and Chris Shurrock has joined us most recently as our Finance & Operations Co-ordinator.


We’re pleased to announce Harry Naylor has taken on the post of CEO, moving from his Operations & Finance Manager role. We are now recruiting for a Finance & Community Co-ordinator, closing date for applications 17th September. More details about the post can be found here. If you or anyone you know would be interested please do  contact for more details.


Farewell and a huge thank you to Maddy Bunker as she comes to the end of her time here at Karis as CEO. Our thanks in particular for leading us through what has been a challenging year and a half with COVID-19.


You can find our latest newsletter – including details of recruitment for our CEO post and a role with the Kickstart scheme for 16-25 year olds – here.


You can find our latest newsletter about our Listening & Guidance service, including details of our recruiting a new Chaplain for Wellbeing here. If you’d be interested in finding out more about the post please email Michaela at


See our previous newsletter here and read about how we’re continuing to adapt our work to the challenges presented by COVID-19


See our previous newsletter here and read about how we’re continuing to adapt our work to the challenges presented by COVID-19.


Another update on our work during the current COVID-19 outbreak can be found here.


Please see our previous newsletter here for details of what we’re doing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are still here and looking to support the most vulnerable in our community during this time.