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 really appreciate all the support I had. Thank you so much and all the thanks goes to Refugee at Home, you are doing a great job. Best, O, guest
Although it has been months and years since our previous encounter, I would like to let you all know that I include you all in my prayers everyday. Sometimes while prayer, I think back to the times when I was homeless, penniless and vulnerable. You all played a massive role in getting me on my feet […]
“I had been worrying about sharing my home with someone for months. However, the first couple of weeks of having our guest has been incredibly uplifting and rewarding and I feel ridiculous now for being so anxious. M is so grateful, he makes me laugh constantly and he is really great company. He is as busy […]
“I cannot express enough my appreciation and admiration for A and N. They were kind, respectful, understanding and considerate in every way possible. I learned a lot from them and they truly made me feel that I was among family and at home. I’ll always be grateful for the help and support they offered me. “Last […]
“Thanks so much for creating this opportunity – I have been wondering how to help, and how to honour my grandparents who got taken in by strangers when they first came to London. “People speak really highly of the way that Refugees At Home is run, and I’m really glad to be a part of it.” S, host London
I would say thankyou to all of you for the incredible support you have done for me. I just moved to my new room. E at Crisis in London I and G – my previous host family- my life time friends, I visited you last week bust still missing you. R -refugee at home K and […]
“I would like to thank you for your help. I am a Syrian refugee and I started an MA at the University of Leeds two years ago. When I first started, I didn’t have a place to stay at in Leeds, so I contacted you and luckily you managed to find me a place as you […]
The experience was rewarding and I’m glad I could assist. all my contact with RAH has been positive. Thanks, D, host, N London
“Thank you very much for the help that I had from you while I was in need for somewhere to stay. Thanks for the amazing work that you do and believe in. Many thanks for the people who empathize with others and believe in the bigger humanity. Many thanks for the two families that I stayed with: […]
Thank you all for your relentless support – you are the reason M’s life has been just about bearable in the last few months whilst the Home Office have treated him unfairly and in our opinion, inhumanely. You have been so flexible with the endless extensions we’ve asked for – we’re so grateful! I, referrer, London
I have learnt very important positive lessons from my British host that I never realised before. Humanity and kindness have no borders and not limited to certain groups. Giving makes us happy. Thanks Refugees at Home for your amazing humane work. M, Guest
I so appreciate all of the support that B and her family are offering to A, and all of the broader support – particularly with travel – from Refugees At Home. This is a huge benefit to A. B, Referrer, London
H has gone from being a very anxious and unhappy young man to a one bursting with life. We are really grateful for your significant part in this. Even if things don’t go well for him in terms of immigration, his life here has been made meaningful. V, referrer, London
You are doing amazing work. Thank you very much. You are really reflecting the true face of humane Britain with the good manners. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. MY, guest, London
Once again, all of us are incredibly grateful for the brilliance that is Refugees at Home, your unflagging patience and refusal to accept that there can never be a solution. It is always a pleasure working with you and without this support I don’t know how we would have been able to help F through these […]
Just a brief email to let you know that A moved in last Saturday…Thanks again for giving me a chance to be useful. P, host, Liverpool
Currently hosting in South Wales and it’s wonderful. If you are hesitating, don’t. Jump in. I think we are getting more out of it than our guests! We don’t want them to leave! Host, Newport
To everyone at Refugees At Home. As I have moved into my new address on Tuesday I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all the efforts and support you have given me in this period of time. Much appreciated! Yours sincerely N.
A big thank you for your support of F. I can’t get over how she has changed since she has been staying with the couple from RaH! She is much calmer. F notices the change herself. I think, since she has come to this country, 9 years ago, this is the first time she feels more […]
Dear D (host) I wanted you to know how grateful I am for everything that you have done for me. You opened the doors of your house for me and I will never forget that. I found peace and love around this house. Everything that you do makes a difference in somebody’s life. Thank you from […]
In this moving piece, VICE looked into the plight of the 2,000 LGBTQ+ asylum seekers who come into the UK every year because they are being persecuted for their sexual orientation. Among them was Refugees at Home guest Faraj, who fled Syria and was quickly granted asylum here, only to be made homeless by the Home […]
Early this month, The National interviewed host Karina, and her guest Basel, about their experience living together in central London. What started as a six-week placement has turned into two years living together, with Karina joking to her daughters that Basel is her favourite child now, and Basel explaining that he now has ‘two families’. This […]
Irina von Wiese, a Lawyer, activist and, of course, a Refugees at Home host, recently wrote a fantastic piece for HuffPost about the benefits of opening her doors to a refugee. Featuring Panic! At The Disco, Instagram and cooking lessons, the story of Irina’s experience has been the influence of her guest, H, on daughter Alexia. […]
One of our fabulous hosts, novelist Rosalind Stopps, wrote a beautiful piece about hosting for the I newspaper earlier this month. As you might expect, Rosalind’s article is both thoughtful and moving – covering her reasons for hosting and the magical experiences that it brought her. You can read the full account of her time with […]
Our co-founder, Sara Nathan, recently wrote about Refugees at Home for the Harkness fellows Association, in a set of features where ex-fellows talk about their work today. With at least three former fellows – spanning 40 years – hosting, the programme has, inadvertently, become a key source of volunteers for our charity. And as Sara puts […]
Refugees at Home recently featured in local paper Tooting Daily Prss, with stories of our hosts Julian and Lizzie in south London. While Julian talks about being afforded ‘a window onto the lives of others’, Lizzie stresses how all four of her guests to date have been ‘easy, considerate guests’ and the two encourage others to […]
As part of the Equality and Diversity Festival at the University of Central Lancashire, Colette Davies explains to BBC Radio Lancashire’s Brett Davison what it means to be a host with Refugees at Home. Featuring different perspectives on tea, video games, and the Home Office, this interview is a fantastic insight into the welcoming environment out […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
We were delighted last week that Refugees at Home’s very own Rachel Mantell joined Deborah Frances-White on The Guilty Feminist podcast. TGF is one of the most widely listened to podcasts in the UK and around the world, and this episode on active compassion, was obviously a subject very close to our hearts. Rachel spoke in […]
This year, two of our wonderful hosts have been featured on HuffPost’s Christmas celebration of kindness, HumanKind. Karina and her host Basel talk about their first Christmas together last year, while Penelope and her guest, Maher, will spend the holidays together for the first time this time around. Hosting is vital at this time of year, […]
Refugees at Home host, and voluntary trustee, Rachel Mantell, spoke to the Guardian about the practicalities of providing a safe place for a refugee. Rachel talks through why she started hosting, the challenges of catering for an extra person in the house, and the lessons she has learned from a variety of refugees from around the […]
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 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 […]