Refugees at Home is a UK based charity aiming to connect those with a spare room in their home with asylum seekers and refugees in need of accommodation.

Please get in touch if you are interested and want to know more, would like to offer to host, or want to find a place to stay.

The number of people we have put in a bed for a night rather than leave them on a park bench or night bus:

(If you just see the word "Rows: 1", please tap on it to reveal.)


What we do

Since we started up in October 2015 we have made 670 placements.

 

Many have been able to move on and find accommodation, but on an average night we have 135 placements active, involving 145 guests.


To find out more about how Refugees at Home works, please read our FAQ


When we started, we were all volunteers, but now we have a full time employee making placements, we need you to press this button more than ever



 

Here are some of the ways that you can get involved.

Hosting

Refugees At Home is looking for volunteer hosts who would welcome an asylum-seeker or refugee into their homes. All you need is a spare room and a generous spirit.

Hosting

Home visitors

If you are or have been a social worker, health visitor, district nurse, mental health practitioner or similar, might you be willing to visit potential hosts in your area? Or do you know someone who might do this?

Home Visiting

Guests

If you are a refugee or asylum-seeker in UK (or know someone) who is in need of a home, we may be able to connect you with someone offering a place to stay.


Enquiries

Testimonials

Here's what some of our hosts and guests have said about Refugees at Home

S – Host

Posted on Sunday 6th August, 2017

My guest, who has been with us since December, is about to move into rented accommodation. A bit of a triumph really. This is what he said when we talked about his plans on his only day off work this week: “When I came to London, I spoke no English, I had no money, no friends […]

M – Guest

Posted on Friday 30th June, 2017

I’d like to thank you and express my sincere gratitude for all of the help you’ve given me. I always say words cannot express all that I wish to say to you after what you did for me. I am so overwhelmed and speechless that all I can manage to say right this minute is, thank […]

N – Guest

Posted on Sunday 11th June, 2017

Honestly, since the day I moved to my host house I was wondering about when the time comes to leave and move on with my life, on the best way to say thank you to you and your very respectable charity organization and to the wonderful host family. There are no words, not even in Arabic […]

S – Referrer

Posted on Wednesday 7th June, 2017

We really can’t thank-you enough for supporting T     through this really difficult period. I know from the moment he moved in that he instantly felt safe and at home and has spoken so highly of you welcoming him in and making him feel settled. We had no other accommodation options for T      when the shelter came to […]

R – Guest

Posted on Tuesday 6th June, 2017

Yes indeed I got my refugee status and I stayed with J until March. Now I am renting in a shared house. Thanks for arranging my stay, it was very useful and lovely experience staying with them.

R – Guest

Posted on Saturday 27th May, 2017

I am delighted to inform you that I am settled down in my new place now. People at work are very nice. They appreciate me and empower me and I am really grateful for that. Now it feels like I am writing a new chapter and my plan is to make it more cheerful and less […]

B – Referrer

Posted on Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

When I was faced with the challenge of finding accommodation for my friend, I was overwhelmed with the task and the very little time I had to arrange something. So, when I discovered R@H and contacted them I was so relieved to have found a helpful, efficient and caring organisation. I am overwhelmed with the amazing […]

AR – Referrer

Posted on Wednesday 3rd May, 2017

What a wonderful organisation Refugees at Home is. Thank you all for the critical work you are doing.

F – Guest

Posted on Saturday 29th April, 2017

I wanna say thank you very much for helped me to live with a family in Cambridge my life now so great and now I have English language school everyday and amazing family I’m felling so happy with them and they really nice and kind with my Idon’t feel lonely and I feel much better than […]

Guest AR

Posted on Monday 10th April, 2017

Cambridge is beautiful and Dave is a very nice guy. I think I am in love with Cambridge now. Thanks for bringing me up here at this difficult time. May the god return you with more beautiful success and happiness.

GL, Host

Posted on Sunday 2nd April, 2017

Hi RAH team, Just emailing as I think when we registered we had billions of conditions like “Must be female, must speak impeccable English, mustn’t need hosting over the weekend, must come accompanied by pink flying unicorn”. Well, since then we’ve hosted Muhammad and we are now saying BOLLOCKS TO ALL CONDITIONS. If somebody needs emergency […]

Referrer LS

Posted on Thursday 30th March, 2017

Thank you so much again for your help (I feel like I’ve said that a thousand times these months – thank god refugees@home exists!) …. Well I really mean it: you are the best team ever! What you are all doing is amazing and so so needed, you are literally saving lives and many of my […]

EB – Host

Posted on Tuesday 21st March, 2017

I think your service is wonderful! 🙂

H, Guest

Posted on Thursday 9th March, 2017

Hello I have met T█████ and H█████ , I am at their home . They are lovley and nice . I just want to say for you thank you . You are really amazing group .

P, host, London

Posted on Wednesday 8th March, 2017

To anyone thinking about hosting…..I have had guests in my spare room since August. I cannot imagine life without a guest. Go for it!

JS, host

Posted on Thursday 2nd March, 2017

I am endlessly blown away by what an impressive outfit Refugees at Home is and it’s hard to believe the organisation is so new given all that you do.

L referrer, London

Posted on Monday 20th February, 2017

….it was such a huge relief to come across your organisation and then to find you so efficient and willing to help…When H reported back how kind and hospitable K had been and what a ‘beautiful family’ they were, I finally felt I could relax again…Refugees at Home is such a great idea…Keep up the good […]

L, referrer, London

Posted on Saturday 18th February, 2017

J – he is so very happy and relieved to be safe and staying with such lovely people as A and D are. I had been meaning to write to you and not yet got to it, so this is to thank you very much indeed, it’s literally life-changing for J.

L, referrer, London

Posted on Thursday 16th February, 2017

To everyone who helped finding a place to stay for M, Thank you thank you thank you a million times. We went to his new house today as he will spend his first night there and everything was perfect. A and I could not have been better hosts and they made M feel so comfortable and […]

Patrick, referrer, Cardiff

Posted on Tuesday 14th February, 2017

Just a quick note to say thanks for finding the wonderful J. He’s an amazing host and has taken on supporting A – which releases us to do other stuff. A is feeling much more stable and positive as a result of our work.

 

Media

We've been featured on the BBC TV and Radio 4, and across the press and social media

All Media Items

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People thought I was mad to offer my spare room to a homeless stranger

Posted on Tuesday 4th July, 2017

When an Eritrean refugee moved in, Alexandra Frean didn’t expect that she’d be the one to benefit from the arrangement May 17, 2017 “Dad wants to know why I didn’t stop you,” my brother says, amused. Chatting to my parents on the phone earlier, I had casually dropped into the conversation that Youssef, an Eritrean refugee […]

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How Airbnb Is Tackling The Refugee Crisis

Posted on Thursday 22nd June, 2017

Among the most vocal opponents of President Trump’s widely lambasted ban on refugees entering the US earlier this year was Airbnb. Companies virtually queued up to slam the executive order but while some focussed primarily on the effect it could have on business and their own employees, the home-sharing startup’s response was pragmatic and – we […]

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Sharing your home with a refugee is a win-win

Posted on Tuesday 20th June, 2017

My life as an empty-nester has taken a delightful turn with the arrival in my central London flat of a 27-year-old refugee from Eritrea. I wrestled for months with the idea of giving up my spare room to a refugee, desperate to help but nervous, as a single woman, of inviting a stranger into my home. […]

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Amid housing crisis, Britons shelter homeless refugees in their spare rooms

Posted on Tuesday 20th June, 2017

When Eritrean refugee Hermon gave birth to her daughter Ruftana in February, her joy quickly turned into fear as she and her husband Yonathan grappled with the overwhelming reality of raising their first child while homeless in London. Although Hermon and Yonathan were given refugee status in 2015, being unable to find work, they could not […]

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Rachel on Radio 5 Live

Posted on Saturday 17th June, 2017

Our Rachel Mantell talks to Radio 5 Live about Refugee Week and Refugees at Home

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A home far from home

Posted on Friday 16th June, 2017

To mark Refugee Week, Johanna Derry hears stories of individuals and churches providing homes and life-changing support to migrants SINCE Syrian asylum-seekers were shown on the news making treacherous journeys to Europe in 2015, more and more people and organisations in the UK have sought to house refugees and asylum-seekers, and even taken them their own […]

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Living With Refugees Shattered These People’s Preconceived Notions

Posted on Tuesday 13th June, 2017

How one handful, out of hundreds of thousands, of refugees found their new home.   Nearly 21.3 million refugees have been displaced from their homes, and over half of that number are under the age of 18. The endless bureaucratic process that welcomes asylum-seekers and refugees on arrival in host countries like in the United Kingdom, […]

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Welcome Home

Posted on Monday 12th June, 2017

                       

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Could you help a refugee in Norwich?

Posted on Thursday 1st June, 2017

A Complaints Officer with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is appealing for kind-hearted people with a few hours to spare to volunteer to help refugees and asylum seekers settle in Norwich by offering short-term accommodation or becoming a mentor. David Wain volunteers with Refugees at Home, which has teamed up with local charity New […]

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Syrian Refugee Pays Tribute To British Welcome

Posted on Saturday 8th April, 2017

Ahmad al-Rashid fled Syria in 2015 as the civil war there intensified – this is his heartwarming tale of how warmly he’s been welcomed by the British people he’s met since then. Ahmad was live in studio on the day that Donald Trump ordered airstrikes against Syrian bases, in response to the terrible chemical weapons attack […]

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Don’t bank on any help starting your new life

Posted on Sunday 2nd April, 2017

Taking in an Iranian refugee was a simple process for Simon Neville. Opening an account for him was anything but I have never considered myself a particularly selfless person. I regularly tell beggars I have no change, I can’t remember the last time I bought a Big Issue and I have taken to telling charity collectors […]

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Taking in refugee is like having a friend round, says peer

Posted on Saturday 11th March, 2017

When Lord Bassam of Brighton and his wife agreed to take in a Syrian refugee as a lodger last year they braced themselves for culture clashes and misunderstandings. But after the arrival of Riam, a 28-year-old student, their biggest problem was a little more prosaic: she didn’t like cats — and the Labour peer has two […]

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Creating an Airbnb for refugees is more complicated than it sounds

Posted on Saturday 18th February, 2017

Activists welcome Airbnb’s commitment to house 100,000 refugees, but they say finding the right hosts will take more than an algorithm After President Donald Trump halted the flow of refugees coming into the US through an executive order last month, Airbnb came out with a strong response: the home-sharing startup committed to providing free short-term housing […]

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Baking, bikes and beds help ease trauma for refugees

Posted on Saturday 18th February, 2017

The government has abandoned thousands of child refugees who had hoped to find sanctuary in Britain. While Amber Rudd, the home secretary, was closing the door on the so-called Dubs children, however, a loose network of volunteers and small charities has been working to assist them and refugees who are already in Britain. Many volunteers, inspired […]

Stories

Here's some of our news

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Naomi Bourne is Running a Marathon for Refugees at Home

Posted on Friday 21st April, 2017

Naomi Bourne, one of our hosts, has set up a Just Giving fundraising page to raise funds for R@H in the marathon. Please support both Naomi and Refugees at Home in one easy click! Thank you, Naomi!

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Basil is fundraising for Refugees At Home

Posted on Tuesday 18th April, 2017

Basil Owen has started this fundraising page on JustGiving. Thank you Basil! Money raised will be used to help hosts who cannot otherwise afford it to feed their hosts or pay for their travel.

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Travers Smith receive more recognition for work with us

Posted on Sunday 27th November, 2016

Travers Smith, who do so much to support us with legal advice and administration, have won another prestigious award, the Legal Week 2016 CSR/Diversity Initiative of the Year. We couldn’t manage without them and we are delighted that they get recognition for their work. Congratulations to them.

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Oldest and Youngest Hosts Meet

Posted on Monday 24th October, 2016

At the first meeting of our newly formed Kingston hub, our oldest host (aged 94) meets our youngest host (aged 19). Such wonderful people.

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Travers Smith’s work for Refugees at Home wins top pro bono award

Posted on Saturday 15th October, 2016

Travers Smith LLP is delighted to have won the ‘Law in the Community/Pro Bono Award’ category at the 2016 Halsbury Legal Awards for its work supporting Refugees at Home. Refugees at Home first came to Travers Smith as a group of individuals and has, with the firm’s help, become a charitable organisation that connects those with […]

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The Refugees At Home team

Posted on Saturday 3rd September, 2016

… met up with prospective hosts at Cargo at the Arcola Theatre, London in July 2016. Look out for more opportunities to meet the team…  

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Working Together

Posted on Saturday 3rd September, 2016

We are now full members of NACCOM – the network of hosting groups in the UK. We work with Housing Justice as part of London Hosting Network.

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Surrey Hub

Posted on Saturday 3rd September, 2016

Our first “hubs” are up and running in Surrey and West London, and we are hoping to roll them out wherever we have a group of hosts in one area. This is what we are saying about them: New hosts often ask about the support they might expect from Refugees At Home. Each one of course […]

 

Newsletters

The newsletters we have sent out over the last months

Hosts – June 2017

Posted on Saturday 17th June, 2017

Dear Hosts,   Refugee Week 19-25 June 2017 This is the next big event in our calendar – and we have lots going on although this year it falls at the end of Ramadan which might inhibit some of our guests taking part. R@H admin team members are at the V&A museum next Friday, the 23rd, […]

Home Visitors – June 2017

Posted on Saturday 17th June, 2017

Dear Home Visitors, Refugee Week 19-25 June 2017 This is the next big event in our calendar – and we have lots going on, although this year it falls at the end of Ramadan which might inhibit some of our guests from taking part. R@H admin team members are at the V&A museum next Friday, the […]

Supporters – June 2017

Posted on Saturday 17th June, 2017

Dear Friends, Refugee Week 19-25 June 2017 This is the next big event in our calendar – and we have lots going on. R@H admin team members are at the V&A museum next Friday, the 23rd, and at University of Westminster on the Saturday morning, plus we have given interviews that will appear on all sorts […]

Hosts – May 2017

Posted on Tuesday 9th May, 2017

Hosts Newsletter 10 – May 2017 Dear Hosts, Ramadan It’s nearly Ramadan – a very important time in many of our guests’ lives. And we found last year that many hosts really didn’t know what it was about or what they should expect or was expected of them. So I asked a Muslim member of the […]

Home Visitors – May 2017

Posted on Tuesday 9th May, 2017

Home Visitors Newsletter 10 – 8 May 2017 Dear Home Visitors, Ramadan It’s nearly Ramadan – a very important time in many of our guests’ lives. And we found last year that many of our volunteers really didn’t know what it was about. So I asked a Muslim member of the R@H Board to help explain. […]

Hosts – March 2017

Posted on Friday 31st March, 2017

Dear Hosts, To start on a high: we have charitable status! It came through, with no warning, just after we sent out the last newsletter. Apparently it was granted in December with no questions asked – which is most unusual – and then took a little while to wend its way to us. So that means […]

Home Visitors – March 2017

Posted on Friday 31st March, 2017

Dear Home Visitors, Welcome to our March – and it seems Spring – newsletter. Closure of the Winter Night Shelters Last year we were too small and new for the annual closure of the winter night shelters to impact on us at all: we hadn’t heard of them and vice versa. What a difference a year […]

Supporters – March 2017

Posted on Friday 31st March, 2017

Dear Supporters, To start on a high: we have charitable status! It came through, with no warning, just after we sent out the last newsletter. Apparently it was granted in December with no questions asked – which is most unusual – and then took a little while to wend its way to us. So that means […]

Home Visitors – Feb 2017

Posted on Wednesday 8th February, 2017

Dear Home Visitors, I know it’s rather late to wish you all a Happy New Year but life at R@H Towers has been a tad busy – which is why this newsletter is a little later than planned. Starting with A Good Read, this article by one of our hosts – indeed by one who said […]

Hosts – Feb 2017

Posted on Wednesday 1st February, 2017

Dear Home Visitors, I know it’s rather late to wish you all a Happy New Year but life at R@H Towers has been a tad busy – which is why this newsletter is a little later than planned. Starting with A Good Read, this article by one of our hosts – indeed by one who said […]

Supporters – Feb 2017

Posted on Wednesday 1st February, 2017

Dear Supporters, Starting with A Good Read: this article by one of our hosts – indeed by one who said she was only prepared to host women – appeared in The Times this weekend.  We are standing by our laptops for a flurry of host applications, and hoping that at least some Times readers live in […]

Home Visitors – Dec 2016

Posted on Wednesday 7th December, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, Our first Christmas, and our opportunity to say thank you for everything you have done for our guests throughout 2016. Actually, what you have done to help the over 160 asylum-seekers and refugees we have hosted, may be one of the best things that has happened this year. With the festive season fast […]

Hosts – Dec 2016

Posted on Thursday 1st December, 2016

Dear Hosts, Our first Christmas, and our opportunity to say thank you for everything you have done for our guests throughout 2016. Actually, what you have done to help the over 160 asylum-seekers and refugees we have hosted, may be one of the best things that has happened this year. With the festive season fast approaching, […]

Home Visitors – Nov 2016

Posted on Sunday 6th November, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, We are well on the way to winter and therefore demand for hosting is high. The odd night in a park doesn’t have the charm it might have during the summer, it’s too beastly cold. I know we have contacted many of you recently to carry out new visits or to check about […]

Hosts – Nov 2016

Posted on Tuesday 1st November, 2016

Dear Hosts, Here we are well into the autumn and, with the clocks going back, our potential guests have ever more need of your hospitality. A night or two in the park might not be the end of the world in the summer but there is a real nip in the air now and it is […]

Home Visitors – Sep 2016

Posted on Monday 5th September, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, Welcome back after the summer. We did have a slight lessening of activity in August – partly because many hosts were away. Fortunately, so were a number of referrers. But we are certainly in full swing now and have another season to add to those we are learning about in our first year: […]

Hosts – September 2016

Posted on Thursday 1st September, 2016

Dear Hosts, Welcome back after the summer. We did have a slight lessening of activity in August – partly because many of us: hosts and admin, were away.  Fortunately, so were a number of referrers. But we are certainly in full swing now. We already know to be prepared for Easter, Ramadan and August, now we […]

Home Visitors – August 2016

Posted on Thursday 4th August, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, It has been so frantically busy at Refugees At Home HQ that we have neglected you shamefully with no newsletter recently. At last, the inbox is empty so I can bring you up to date. We now have 100 Home Visitors on the books – not all active  – but many of you […]

Hosts – August 2016

Posted on Monday 1st August, 2016

Dear Hosts, We have been so busy at Refugees At Home HQ recruiting hosts and making placements that we haven’t managed to update you all recently with all that has happened. We now have over 400 hosts and potential hosts on the books who we think may be interested in hosting at some point.  94 of […]

Hosts – June 2016

Posted on Wednesday 1st June, 2016

Dear Hosts, Time for our second newsletter, now that it’s really summer. It has been a very busy month. We have made nearly 80 placements so far, which tells you a little but not the whole story. A placement could be of one person or three (though more usually the former) it could be for a […]

Home Visitors – May 2016

Posted on Monday 23rd May, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, The number of Home Visitors has grown quite fast – to 67 so far, and many of you have now done your first Home Visit. Of course, some of you have done five or six! We do still need more HVs particularly in Yorkshire, Bristol and London. Please ask your friends and colleagues… […]

Hosts – May 2016

Posted on Sunday 1st May, 2016

Dear Hosts, The Refugees At Home core team thought it about time we updated you all with where we have got to now. It’s three months since we rolled out this group to help refugees and asylum-seekers by matching them with generous hosts – you guys – for a shorter or longer period while they sort […]

Home Visitors – April 2016

Posted on Saturday 2nd April, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, The number of Home Visitors is growing rapidly: we have had about a dozen responses to a brief article I placed in Community Practitioner magazine – so a huge welcome to you all. We now have about 50 people who have volunteered to be Home Visitors with Refugees At Home. Of course, if […]

Home Visitors – March 2016

Posted on Tuesday 1st March, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, First to say a huge thank you for all you have done so far in enabling Refugees At Home to get going properly in the last month or so. Some of you have made four or more visits already but we know we have yet to ask some of you further away from […]