Birkbeck Blog

Many of our guests have, or are seeking academic qualifications, but holding down a place in higher education when you don’t have a stable place to live is almost impossible. That’s where our hosts can help, and as this blog post shows that has been an enormous source of assistance at Birkbeck University, London. You can read the full post, featuring guest Alaa, placement co-ordinator Rachel Davenport, and co-founder Sara Nathan, here, or it is reproduced below… […]

March 15th, 2019|

CNN Life Changers: Meet the woman opening her London home to refugees

Last month, CNN met Belinda, one of our fabulous hosts who has thus far welcomed 11 refugees into her home. Belinda and her family have had guests from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and she offers them not only a safe place but also a second family in the UK. This wonderful video highlights the spirit behind [...]

March 15th, 2019|

NACCOM – Interview with Constance Nash

Early in 2019 Constance Nash, a member of the Dorking Group, spoke to NACCOM (The No Accommodation Network) about her work and the work of Refugees at Home. Constance is not only a host, but also co-ordinates others and was named on the Independent Happy List 2018 in recognition of her efforts. In this interview she talks about the pleasures of hosting, and indeed the challenges, and how it has changed her outlook on the world. You can read the full interview below, or on the NACCOM website here. […]

February 22nd, 2019|

Newsnight – Refugees at Home featured

Last month, Newsnight dedicated an episode to the so-called refugee crisis, including a feature on the dispersal of refugees around the UK. This segment featured Rachel Mantel, our wonderful host and trustee, talking about conditions for asylum seekers and what councils can do to better house them. If you missed it at the time, you can [...]

January 21st, 2019|

BBC Two – Asylum seeker living conditions

In December, the Home Affairs Committee published a report into the terrible conditions faced by asylum seekers in this country. Refugees at Home co-founder Sara Nathan was invited onto BBC Two's Victoria Derbeyshire program to talk about the realities of being a destitute asylum seeker in the UK today. Sara, along with SNP MP sSewart McDonald and [...]

January 21st, 2019|

Talkradio – James Whale interviews R@H co-founder

When the 'refugee crisis' in the channel hit, Talkradio host James Whale invited our co-founder Sara Nathan on to his show to talk about the work Refugees at Home does. In the 12-minute discussion, Sara outlined why our charity is so critical, the importance of our hosts, and the vital role Refugees play in our society. [...]

January 19th, 2019|

Metro – I can’t imagine Christmas without her

Over Christmas we saw several beautiful stories about our hosts, our guests and our work appear in print, online, and even featured on TV and Radio. Foremost among those was this piece in the Metro, as host Laura Proffitt wrote about what it means to welcome someone into your home over Christmas. Last year Maria, Laura’s first guest, had just arrived at Christmas – this year she’s back again, along with the other two guests who have stayed with Laura since. […]

January 11th, 2019|

SW Londoner – From Syria to Starbucks

Local paper SW Londoner published a wonderful feature on our guest, Basel, and his host Karina last month. Basel, a Syrian who fled to the UK when the civil war hit Aleppo, had a grueling journey to reach this country, and is now working with Starbucks thanks to their refugee scheme. But that wouldn’t have been possible without the help of his host, who has not only provided shelter, but also taught him English and helped find him his job. […]

January 11th, 2019|

The Guardian – How we live together

To kick off 2019, Refugees at Home host Belinda Drake and her guest Adbullah Ahmadi were featured in The Guardian talking about their lives together. While Belinda had a spare room when her children left for university, Adbullah, originally from Afghanistan had left his home at 13 and been homeless in his teens after arriving in the UK. Their story highlights the wonderful work our hosts do, and the incredible connections that are forged when you welcome a stranger into your home.  […]

January 11th, 2019|

R@H on Independent’s Happy List

Every year The Independent publishes a ‘Happy List’ of 50 ‘outstanding people whose volunteering, caring, fundraising, mentoring, charity work or selflessness make Britain a happier place to live.’ This year we are delighted that Refugees at Home host and organiser Constance Nash is featured on their list. […]

January 7th, 2019|