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 press a button if you would like to offer to host, refer a guest, become a home visitor, volunteer in another capacity or are interested and want to know more.
I wanted to say a huge thank you to H and C. Whenever M speaks about you (which is every time, I see him!), he can’t help but have a beaming smile on his face. You have been nothing both wonderful towards him, from welcoming your home to him, to making him feel as part of […]
Dear Refugees at home Thank you very much for all you have done to make sure I live a good life. I can’t imagine how my life would have been if I didn’t meet you. It’s very very difficult to settle and live in this country most especially as an asylum seeker or a refugee, but, to be […]
I can understand that if there are no other men in the household that women may feel reluctant to invite a male stranger into their home, however in my experience you are getting someone who is: -very grateful to be invited into your home and will behave with impeccable manners and be eager to fit in […]
To S (at Refugees at Home): Thank you for accepting my application and my referral, considering the high demand for hosts in London and the fact that I was fining it quite difficult to find a suitable place, you helped me find one, I really do appreciate your help. Your Scheme has also helped me to […]
M was very lucky to have been hosted by your lovely family… He was in a bad situation before and you helped him out of that. I know many people who have been hosted, by lovely and kind people, but M is the one who I have seen the biggest change in, thanks to you. You […]
Having M to stay has been more like having a friend to stay. He’s easy going, full of interesting facts and stories and a fantastic cook. He has been a huge support and help to another refugee we host who does not know English or the UK system well – M has been able to work […]
I have referred a few clients over to Refugees at Home. Due to the chaotic nature of people about to be made homeless, some changed their mind when offered accommodation and turned it down. This has been met with understanding and acceptance. For the chap I’ve been working with recently who took up the offer of […]
“I am so grateful and appreciative for all your help and support including your understanding and kindness. I just can’t thank you enough for all what you have done for me since my first placement with C. My greatest appreciation and thanks to you all.” S, guest, 1.5.18
I had golden time with A and T and they looked after me as family as they are my family as well. They are best couple in the world, bless them. Thank you very much indeed for your invaluable help and support. It is been pleasure thanks a lot R , A and T. Best wishes!
We want to thank you for your support over the period that we hosted our guest, and while we made plans for her to move on to council accommodation. There was, miraculously, always someone at the end of the phone with an approachable, supportive and can-do response. You put us in touch with the right agencies, […]
I want to say thanks alot to amazing group for help me and another refugees to build a life more stable and helping the refugees to mergering in the society and meeting with nice people . I have new friends now T, H, P and D. S and her family I feel them like my family […]
Dear Refugees At Home , I am S, I used to stay with C, i spoke to you on the phone the other day. As you know I am staying at F¹s place and thanks to you all everything is going well. To everyone at Refugees at Home, I would like to thank you […]
I came to the UK 18 months ago as a refugee – I had to leave as my life was in danger as the authorities had discovered I had become a Christian. I was granted refugee status after a year, but the council would not house me in a hostel as they said I was not […]
Good evening, this is Matt, I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have been truelly amazing from the very minute we spoke, I don’t know where I will be right now without your intervention! L & G are such a wonder duo and the way they totally opened their hearts […]
I hope this email meets you well. This is a very special email because I am writing to inform you of how thankful, grateful I am for Refugees@Home and, you. When I look at how my life was last year and my accommodation difficulty, I mean I had literally nowhere to go and no-one to turn […]
Things are going very well A and P are wonderful people I am now working in a hair salon I also study English language This is all for your efforts I do not know how to thank you for this
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 […]
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 […]
Liz Bates is one of our fabulous hosts in Birmingham. After volunteering with refugees in Belgrade, she returned home and responded to a post on Facebook looking for spare rooms in Birmingham. Now a regular host, Liz wrote for The Huffington Post about muddling through in broken English, sharing stories and using social media to track […]
Refugees at Home featured on BBC’s Sunday Morning Live last weekend, as guest Roudi and his hosts Vicky and Chris told their story. Roudi is from Aleppo, which has been ravaged by war. He is a doctor, attempting to begin practicing in the UK, and coming to terms with life in Greater Manchester. You can watch […]
Refugees at Home is a UK-based charity, but sometimes news of our work spreads around the work – and this week is one of those times. One of our wonderful hosts, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, has written for the The New York Jewish Week about hosting M, and the religious values that led to him becoming part […]
Shortlist Magazine published a wonderful feature last week on life as a young, male refugee in the UK. The piece is wide-ranging, featuring stories from an Iraqi in London, Syrians in Brighton and London, and a Tibetan asylum seeker now working to help others. The article also includes a section from Refugees at Home co-founder Sara […]
The Jewish Chronicle this week featured the Muslim guests with Jewish hosts that our charity has paired together. From Pinner to Acton, Jewish hosts have been a key part of Refugees at Home’s work, and here they talk about their relationship with their Muslim guests – from understanding laws about food to creating environments to pray. […]
Conservative MP Margot James, one of our wonderful hosts, read about Refugees at Home in a newspaper and wanted to get involved. A little over a year later, she has welcomed Reza*, an Iranian, into her home, and helped him find his feet as he builds a new life in the UK. You can read more […]
Areej Osman has been both a guest, and a volunteer, for Refugees at Home. She spoke to Forbes about her experiences coming to the UK, how we helped her, and the work she now does to give back. You can read the full interview with Emma Zangs on Forbes’ website, or reproduced below…
Naureen Abubacker, coordinator of the Compass Project at Birkbeck, writes about the College’s partnership with charity Refugees at Home, which matches people with spare rooms with refugees and asylum seekers in need of a place to stay. You can read the full account on Birkbeck’s website here, or read on below
In April Hackney Today featured Gillian Harris, one of our hosts in East London. In the piece Gillian talks about reading about the Calais Jungle and feeling the need to act, learning about Eritrean culture, and playing the role of parents in a foreign country. You can read the full article in Hackney People, out April […]
Refugees at Home’s co-founder Sara Nathan spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield’s Kat Cowan last month about all things hosting. You can listen to the full recording below, or pass the interview on to someone who may be thinking about taking a refugee into their home…
Refugees at Home guest Areej features as part of this Guardian piece on Great British Welcome, a study of refugees and their hosts across Europe. The extract about Areej, and her new-found friendship with flatmates Emily and Gijs, is reproduced below, or you can click here to read the full piece.
The Jewish News’ Stephen Oryszczuk talks to our hosts and guests from around the UK about religion, hosting and values in this in-depth article about the Jewish community’s efforts with Refugees at Home. From a rabbi in Manchester discussing religion with a Muslim guest who had never met a Jew before, to a London-based psychologist hosting […]
Refugees at Home’s Barnaby Hopson is running the London Marathon this month to raise money for our work. And while 26.2 miles may sound like enough of a challenge to most of us, for Barnaby it’s only half the story – because he’s looking to set a new World Record, as the fastest man to run […]
The New Statesman recently attended Refugees at Home’s second birthday party, and spoke to hosts and guests about the work we do. You can read the full article, on their website, here, or reproduced below.
Our hosts Charles and Catherine, and their guest Ziyad, recently featured on Voice of America. Ziyad, a Syrian refugee in London has been welcomed into the home of the British couple, whose parents were refugees themselves, fleeing Nazi Germany before World War II. You can watch the video below, or on VOA’s website.
Thordis at Drivetime featured Faraj, a Cambridge-based host, on their show last week. They were then joined by Refugees at Home founder Sara Nathan, to discuss hosting, life in Cambridge, and the work we do. You can listen to the 10-minute clip below.
The McCanns, mother and daughter, host Shannan, a young Syrian in need, making him feel part of the family. Read the full story here, part of UNHCR’s No Stranger Place series.
Abdul spent four weeks in the notorious camp in Calais before he managed to cross the Channel and apply for asylum in the UK. Read the full story here as part of UNHCR’s No Stranger Place series.
Hussein took a perilous journey to safety; Charles and Catharine are helping him move forward in London. Read the full story here as part of the UNHCR’s No Stranger Place series
Refugees At Home hosts Hamish and Tamsin were featured by UNHCR as part of their No Stranger Place series. You can read it in full here. Hamish Dunlop and his partner Tamsin Chowdry used to let out their spare room to bed-and-breakfast guests. Then, one weekend, they visited a family friend who was hosting a refugee. […]
R@H’s Rachel Mantell was featured in this front-page story in Brixton’s favourite monthly paper, with a further piece inside on the wonderful work being done in south London. You can read the full stories here
I asked my son, Joseph, last week whether he wanted a brother or sister. He looked at me with the absolute conviction only four-year olds can muster and said, “don’t be silly Mummy, I’ve got a brother *and* a sister already” (which was news to me). The siblings he meant are a 30-year-old Syrian and a […]
Sharing your home with refugees
Refugees At Home hosts the Goldhills are hosting 21-year-old Faraj, a devout Muslim who accompanies them to the synagogue on Saturdays. Watch the video below and read the full story here.
Featured in the Independent and on the UN’s feed as #GreatBritishWelcome, a fabulous series of stories about hosts and their guests, with photos by Aubrey Wade. You can read the story, and view all the photos, here.
Sara Nathan, Co-founder of Refugees At Home writes in the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/hosting-refugees-has-taught-me-so-much-about-the-kindness-of-strangers_uk_5a47691ee4b0b0e5a7a6a0c9 A spectator might think that hosting a destitute refugee or asylum-seeker, as we have done for over a year, would be completely one-way: that all the benefits are to the guest who gains somewhere warm and dry to sleep, the support of a […]
Diane Taylor writes for the Guardian about Samim’s return from Afghanistan to his Refugees at Home hosts. You can read the full story here. Samim Bigzad Samim Bigzad and host Kavel Rafferty in Ramsgate. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian The Home Office’s decision to ignore a high court judge’s order not to send Samim Bigzad […]
Rebecca Louis, partner at Mayo Wynne Baxter solicitors, talks about her experience of hosting through Refugees at Home in Re: Magazine https://view.joomag.com/re-autumn-2017/0875737001504777158 As I write this in June it is international refugee day and the UN have announced that at the last count there were 65.5 million displaced people in the world. This includes refugees and […]
Jonathan Wittenberg, Rabbi for the New North London Synagogue, describes his experiences with Refugees at Home, in the OECD Forum Network. “It was not until we began to host refugees in our house through Refugees at Home that I began to appreciate more deeply some of the enduring struggles so many people are forced to face. […]
An excellent video highlighting the work we do and why.
Refugees at Home is proud to have been shortlisted for the Community Integration Awards – Grassroots The Judges’ summary was: The scale of this project was considered to be impressive given the short time it has been operating and the few resources available. The two way relationship of host and guest clearly demonstrated the impact of […]
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 […]