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.

The number of people we have put in a bed for a night rather than leave them on a park bench or night bus:

(If you just see the word "Rows: 1", please tap on it to reveal.)


What we do

Since we started up in October 2015 we have made nearly 830 placements.

 

Many have been able to move on and find accommodation, but on an average night we have 135 placements active, involving 145 guests.


To find out more about how Refugees at Home works, please read our FAQ


When we started, we were all volunteers, but now we have two full time employees making placements, we need you to press this button more than ever


Testimonials

Here's what some of our hosts and guests have said about Refugees at Home

T – Guest

Posted on Friday 14th December, 2018

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 […]

N – Guest

Posted on Friday 14th December, 2018

“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 […]

D- Host

Posted on Friday 14th December, 2018

The experience was rewarding and I’m glad I could assist. all my contact with RAH has been positive. Thanks, D, host, N London

E – Guest

Posted on Friday 14th December, 2018

“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: […]

I – Referrer

Posted on Wednesday 28th November, 2018

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

M – Guest

Posted on Wednesday 28th November, 2018

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

B – referrer

Posted on Tuesday 30th October, 2018

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

V – Referrer

Posted on Monday 29th October, 2018

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

MY – Guest

Posted on Monday 29th October, 2018

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

S – referrer

Posted on Monday 29th October, 2018

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 […]

P – Host

Posted on Tuesday 16th October, 2018

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

X – Host

Posted on Tuesday 16th October, 2018

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

N – Guest

Posted on Tuesday 16th October, 2018

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.

J – Therapist

Posted on Tuesday 16th October, 2018

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 […]

T – guest

Posted on Tuesday 16th October, 2018

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 […]

A – host

Posted on Wednesday 26th September, 2018

O was a pleasure to host. Very polite and tidy. We’re going to keep in touch, we went out for dinner last night to say goodbye. It’s great he had such a good outcome, somewhere fairly permanent to live, his degree course and some job interviews lined up…. My aunt dragged me into this but I’m […]

T – guest, London

Posted on Friday 31st August, 2018

I am very grateful to my current hosting family I and G, not only as for giving me accommodation but for everything they did for me. I found this unique family as my biological mom and dad, their encouraging words, their care and advice revitalized my hope of future. Above all I learnt from them very […]

V – referrer, London

Posted on Friday 31st August, 2018

Thanks so much for your brilliant work. One of the most stressful times in my job was when a young client of ours was made homeless. I think the accommodation R@H found him was lifesaving. You’ll be glad to know that, that young man finally got humanitarian protection after an asylum process lasting 8 years. Now […]

C, Referrer, London

Posted on Friday 31st August, 2018

Big thank you to the amazing Refugees At Home who once again came to the rescue finding a brilliant host and home for one of our asylum-seeking guests

S, referrer

Posted on Tuesday 7th August, 2018

J would love to stay with S this weekend- he says he is a really kind man and he feels good there. Thank you so much for your flexibility, support and the vital work you do. E, Referrer

 

Media

We've been featured on the BBC TV and Radio 4, and across the press and social media

All Media Items


The Guilty Feminist – Active Compassion

Posted on Friday 14th December, 2018

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 […]


HuffPost – Here’s Why You Should Consider Hosting A Refugee This Christmas

Posted on Friday 14th December, 2018

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, […]


HuffPost – Hosting A Refugee Helped Me Find My Own Place In The World

Posted on Friday 13th July, 2018

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 […]


VIDEO: BBC Sunday Morning Live

Posted on Wednesday 4th July, 2018

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 […]

The New York Jewish Week – Not Just Somewhere Else’s Concern

Posted on Wednesday 4th July, 2018

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 – What it’s really like to be a male refugee living in the UK in 2018

Posted on Wednesday 4th July, 2018

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 […]


Jewish Chronicle – Meet the refugees who sought sanctuary with Jewish volunteers

Posted on Monday 25th June, 2018

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. […]


Huffington Post – What I’ve Learned From Hosting A Refugee

Posted on Wednesday 20th June, 2018

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 […]


Forbes – True Grit: Lessons in Life from Areej Osman, Sudanese Refugee

Posted on Tuesday 12th June, 2018

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…


Birkbeck teams up with Refugees at Home

Posted on Tuesday 12th June, 2018

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


Hackney Today – 28 days later

Posted on Friday 13th April, 2018

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 […]


Radio Sheffield – Interview with Refugees at Home

Posted on Friday 13th April, 2018

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…


Jewish News – Once we were strangers

Posted on Friday 13th April, 2018

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 […]


Epsom Guardian – Dad runs Marathon for Refugees at Home

Posted on Sunday 8th April, 2018

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 […]


VOA – Syrian Refugee Finds Home In London

Posted on Thursday 8th March, 2018

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.


BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Posted on Thursday 8th March, 2018

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.


UNHCR – From Manchester B&B to hosting a Syrian

Posted on Tuesday 27th February, 2018

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. […]


Brixton Bugle – Local People Offer Room for Refugees

Posted on Monday 26th February, 2018

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


Rachel Mantell shares her experience of hosting and the effect it has had on her son

Posted on Thursday 22nd February, 2018

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 […]


Hosting Refugees Has Taught Me So Much About The Kindness Of Strangers

Posted on Monday 8th January, 2018

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 […]


‘I have nightmares’: people threatened with deportation reveal what happened next

Posted on Sunday 7th January, 2018

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 […]

Stories

Here's some of our news


Shortlisted for Community Integration Awards – Grassroots

Posted on Thursday 21st September, 2017

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 is Running a Marathon for Refugees at Home

Posted on Friday 21st April, 2017

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 is fundraising for Refugees At Home

Posted on Tuesday 18th April, 2017

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 receive more recognition for work with us

Posted on Sunday 27th November, 2016

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.


Oldest and Youngest Hosts Meet

Posted on Monday 24th October, 2016

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’s work for Refugees at Home wins top pro bono award

Posted on Saturday 15th October, 2016

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 […]


The Refugees At Home team

Posted on Saturday 3rd September, 2016

… met up with prospective hosts at Cargo at the Arcola Theatre, London in July 2016. Look out for more opportunities to meet the team…  


Working Together

Posted on Saturday 3rd September, 2016

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.


Surrey Hub

Posted on Saturday 3rd September, 2016

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 […]

 

Newsletters

The newsletters we have sent out over the last months

Newsletter 17 – May 2018

Posted on Tuesday 8th May, 2018

Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters, We’re a REAL charity now! After months of work by our treasurer, Donna Williams and support from our lovelylawyers, Travers Smith, we got full charitable status on March 29 2018. It’s a huge relief as it makes us really established and means we can do proper fundraising as required. And […]

Newsletter 16 – February 2018

Posted on Friday 13th April, 2018

Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters, Happy Birthday to us A second birthday is a real milestone in the life of a tiny charity, so we thought we would use it to say a huge THANK YOU to those people who have ensured we have got this far and achieved so much. And it’s a fabulous […]

Hosts Newsletter 15 – December 2017

Posted on Friday 13th April, 2018

Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters, Season’s Greetings Christmas is coming and with it the challenge of holiday hosting with families gathering or leaving the country. A very jolly, warm, time, but not if you have nowhere to stay. When Ruth discovered that 63 placements were due to end in December, we were daunted, but it […]

Newsletter – November 2017

Posted on Friday 17th November, 2017

Dear Hosts & Home Visitors, We have decided you have so much in common that one newsletter will serve all of you – and there is a greater chance of me producing is slightly more often if I am only doing one! Christmas is coming… Honestly, the summer is barely over and some leaves are still […]

Hosts – June 2017

Posted on Saturday 17th June, 2017

Dear Hosts,   Refugee Week 19-25 June 2017 This is the next big event in our calendar – and we have lots going on although this year it falls at the end of Ramadan which might inhibit some of our guests taking part. R@H admin team members are at the V&A museum next Friday, the 23rd, […]

Home Visitors – June 2017

Posted on Saturday 17th June, 2017

Dear Home Visitors, Refugee Week 19-25 June 2017 This is the next big event in our calendar – and we have lots going on, although this year it falls at the end of Ramadan which might inhibit some of our guests from taking part. R@H admin team members are at the V&A museum next Friday, the […]

Supporters – June 2017

Posted on Saturday 17th June, 2017

Dear Friends, Refugee Week 19-25 June 2017 This is the next big event in our calendar – and we have lots going on. R@H admin team members are at the V&A museum next Friday, the 23rd, and at University of Westminster on the Saturday morning, plus we have given interviews that will appear on all sorts […]

Hosts – May 2017

Posted on Tuesday 9th May, 2017

Hosts Newsletter 10 – May 2017 Dear Hosts, Ramadan It’s nearly Ramadan – a very important time in many of our guests’ lives. And we found last year that many hosts really didn’t know what it was about or what they should expect or was expected of them. So I asked a Muslim member of the […]

Home Visitors – May 2017

Posted on Tuesday 9th May, 2017

Home Visitors Newsletter 10 – 8 May 2017 Dear Home Visitors, Ramadan It’s nearly Ramadan – a very important time in many of our guests’ lives. And we found last year that many of our volunteers really didn’t know what it was about. So I asked a Muslim member of the R@H Board to help explain. […]

Hosts – March 2017

Posted on Friday 31st March, 2017

Dear Hosts, To start on a high: we have charitable status! It came through, with no warning, just after we sent out the last newsletter. Apparently it was granted in December with no questions asked – which is most unusual – and then took a little while to wend its way to us. So that means […]

Home Visitors – March 2017

Posted on Friday 31st March, 2017

Dear Home Visitors, Welcome to our March – and it seems Spring – newsletter. Closure of the Winter Night Shelters Last year we were too small and new for the annual closure of the winter night shelters to impact on us at all: we hadn’t heard of them and vice versa. What a difference a year […]

Supporters – March 2017

Posted on Friday 31st March, 2017

Dear Supporters, To start on a high: we have charitable status! It came through, with no warning, just after we sent out the last newsletter. Apparently it was granted in December with no questions asked – which is most unusual – and then took a little while to wend its way to us. So that means […]

Home Visitors – Feb 2017

Posted on Wednesday 8th February, 2017

Dear Home Visitors, I know it’s rather late to wish you all a Happy New Year but life at R@H Towers has been a tad busy – which is why this newsletter is a little later than planned. Starting with A Good Read, this article by one of our hosts – indeed by one who said […]

Hosts – Feb 2017

Posted on Wednesday 1st February, 2017

Dear Home Visitors, I know it’s rather late to wish you all a Happy New Year but life at R@H Towers has been a tad busy – which is why this newsletter is a little later than planned. Starting with A Good Read, this article by one of our hosts – indeed by one who said […]

Supporters – Feb 2017

Posted on Wednesday 1st February, 2017

Dear Supporters, Starting with A Good Read: this article by one of our hosts – indeed by one who said she was only prepared to host women – appeared in The Times this weekend.  We are standing by our laptops for a flurry of host applications, and hoping that at least some Times readers live in […]

Home Visitors – Dec 2016

Posted on Wednesday 7th December, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, Our first Christmas, and our opportunity to say thank you for everything you have done for our guests throughout 2016. Actually, what you have done to help the over 160 asylum-seekers and refugees we have hosted, may be one of the best things that has happened this year. With the festive season fast […]

Hosts – Dec 2016

Posted on Thursday 1st December, 2016

Dear Hosts, Our first Christmas, and our opportunity to say thank you for everything you have done for our guests throughout 2016. Actually, what you have done to help the over 160 asylum-seekers and refugees we have hosted, may be one of the best things that has happened this year. With the festive season fast approaching, […]

Home Visitors – Nov 2016

Posted on Sunday 6th November, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, We are well on the way to winter and therefore demand for hosting is high. The odd night in a park doesn’t have the charm it might have during the summer, it’s too beastly cold. I know we have contacted many of you recently to carry out new visits or to check about […]

Hosts – Nov 2016

Posted on Tuesday 1st November, 2016

Dear Hosts, Here we are well into the autumn and, with the clocks going back, our potential guests have ever more need of your hospitality. A night or two in the park might not be the end of the world in the summer but there is a real nip in the air now and it is […]

Home Visitors – Sep 2016

Posted on Monday 5th September, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, Welcome back after the summer. We did have a slight lessening of activity in August – partly because many hosts were away. Fortunately, so were a number of referrers. But we are certainly in full swing now and have another season to add to those we are learning about in our first year: […]

Hosts – September 2016

Posted on Thursday 1st September, 2016

Dear Hosts, Welcome back after the summer. We did have a slight lessening of activity in August – partly because many of us: hosts and admin, were away.  Fortunately, so were a number of referrers. But we are certainly in full swing now. We already know to be prepared for Easter, Ramadan and August, now we […]

Home Visitors – August 2016

Posted on Thursday 4th August, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, It has been so frantically busy at Refugees At Home HQ that we have neglected you shamefully with no newsletter recently. At last, the inbox is empty so I can bring you up to date. We now have 100 Home Visitors on the books – not all active  – but many of you […]

Hosts – August 2016

Posted on Monday 1st August, 2016

Dear Hosts, We have been so busy at Refugees At Home HQ recruiting hosts and making placements that we haven’t managed to update you all recently with all that has happened. We now have over 400 hosts and potential hosts on the books who we think may be interested in hosting at some point.  94 of […]

Hosts – June 2016

Posted on Wednesday 1st June, 2016

Dear Hosts, Time for our second newsletter, now that it’s really summer. It has been a very busy month. We have made nearly 80 placements so far, which tells you a little but not the whole story. A placement could be of one person or three (though more usually the former) it could be for a […]

Home Visitors – May 2016

Posted on Monday 23rd May, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, The number of Home Visitors has grown quite fast – to 67 so far, and many of you have now done your first Home Visit. Of course, some of you have done five or six! We do still need more HVs particularly in Yorkshire, Bristol and London. Please ask your friends and colleagues… […]

Hosts – May 2016

Posted on Sunday 1st May, 2016

Dear Hosts, The Refugees At Home core team thought it about time we updated you all with where we have got to now. It’s three months since we rolled out this group to help refugees and asylum-seekers by matching them with generous hosts – you guys – for a shorter or longer period while they sort […]

Home Visitors – April 2016

Posted on Saturday 2nd April, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, The number of Home Visitors is growing rapidly: we have had about a dozen responses to a brief article I placed in Community Practitioner magazine – so a huge welcome to you all. We now have about 50 people who have volunteered to be Home Visitors with Refugees At Home. Of course, if […]

Home Visitors – March 2016

Posted on Tuesday 1st March, 2016

Dear Home Visitors, First to say a huge thank you for all you have done so far in enabling Refugees At Home to get going properly in the last month or so. Some of you have made four or more visits already but we know we have yet to ask some of you further away from […]