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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Arwyn Jones interviews our Sara Nathan and host Anna Colquhoun.
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 […]
Segment of Ian Hislop’s BBC TV programme featuring Mario and Jennifer Nadel.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Our Rachel Mantell talks to Radio 5 Live about Refugee Week and Refugees at Home
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]