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:
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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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
At the first meeting of our newly formed Kingston hub, our oldest host (aged 94) meets our youngest host (aged 19). Such wonderful people.
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 […]
… met up with prospective hosts at Cargo at the Arcola Theatre, London in July 2016. Look out for more opportunities to meet the team…
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.
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 […]
What a wonderful organisation Refugees at Home is. Thank you all for the critical work you are doing.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
I think your service is wonderful! 🙂
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 .
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!
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.
….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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
To receive your email and find that both my hosts have guests makes me feel like I am making a small difference – thank you. Thank you to the R@H team for supporting home assessors, hosts and guests. Keep going please and look after yourselves. Somewhere scared parents and families are grateful for you all.
As you said in your first reply to my inquiry email , you said that ” will do our best to help”! Your best was so quick & positive that you connected me with the family in Finchely. They invited me for dinner last Monday evening, so as to know each other. To be honest with […]
It has been exactly one year since I made the decision to host. I remember it well, New Years Eve 2015 I spent my evening reading news articles about the refugees drowning in the Med trying to reach safety and I thought I just had to do something… I had a spare room (although at the […]
This home visiting is like being part of a glorious humanitarian dating agency!
I moved at C’s place on Monday. She and her family are lovely. I feel so safe and comfortable here. Am truly grateful to you for your help in bringing me to a safe shelter. Wish you and your team a wonderful festive season 🙂
We’ve hosted since April and I’d recommend it to anyone! Guests and hosts quickly become like family and we have lots of laughs – chatting about cultural differences and cooking food for each other to try. I know if it was me in their shoes and in their country that I’d want to be helped by […]
We host emergency guests and, in doing so, get to meet a brilliant and eclectic mix of people from all walks of life, many from unfathomable hardship. Our guests are invariably polite, grateful and interesting which means that we are able, even with our limited means, to feel like we are making a difference.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
While the couple felt nervous at the beginning, they got plenty of support from a Refugees at Home home visitor A Bermondsey couple is one of just two households in Southwark to open their doors to homeless asylum seekers and refugees, writes Kirsty Purnell… Amy Stringer and Daniel Haimovich have been sharing their home with a […]
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 […]
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 […]
With my girls away at university I opened my house to a young man from Darfur, and it’s changed my life as much as his. Over Christmas I read in a newspaper about an organisation called Refugees at Home, which places homeless refugees with host families. Since I was feeling seasonably charitable and I rattle around […]
A piece on our guest Karim getting family reunification and a flat in Elmbridge.
Ahmad was one of Refugees At Home’s very first guests. He was later featured in BBC TV’s series Exodus. This clip shows him and his host, Nina Kaye, in her house, and later being reunited with his family.
Real Christmas spirit: Meet those who open their homes to refugees
Leafy Surrey town opens its homes to refugees Dorking residents inspired to life-changing response to migration crisis “If they ask, say you’re my nephew,” Constance Nash advised the young Syrian man staying with her, in case he encountered an unfriendly neighbour. Ms Nash has a lot of foreign guests this year at her home in Dorking, […]
See the full article in the Indy
A mostly sympathetic article on BBC SE Today on 2/12/2016, somewhat marred by the MP telling us that refugees are definitively not welcome.
Amid a hostile climate for refugees in the U.K., ordinary citizens are plugging gaps in the asylum system. Judith Vonberg reports on Refugees at Home, a volunteer initiative connecting Britons offering spare rooms with asylum seekers desperately in need of a bed. LONDON – The Zig Zag cafe is nestled between an art shop and a […]
A wonderful article in Community Practitioner telling health visitors, school nurses, community nursery nurses and other healthcare professionals working in community settings about us and how they can help with the refugee crisis, giving some real case studies of three people who decided they could help. Download PDF
(Mid East) featured us in an article about projects like ours across Europe, “Housing Platforms for Refugees à la AirBnB”
AlJazeera features Refugees at Home
BBC Exodus Documentary Refugees At Home is featured on the BBC’s 3 part documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe BBC2 11-13th July 2016, or on iplayer