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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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
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 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 […]
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 […]