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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|

Newsletter 21 – December 2018

Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters, MERRY EVERYTHING It looks like we are going to get everyone moved and hosted by the end of the week (famous last words) though of course the team can’t promise to find somewhere for everyone who is referred between now and then. Thank you so much to everyone who has [...]

January 19th, 2019|

Newsletter 20 – November 2018

Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters, IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN… Who could believe that thoughts of Xmas and the holidays and inevitable disruption are already top of our agenda? But Guy Fawkes and Halloween are over and here we are. We know many hosts will either have kiddies returning from college or the family [...]

January 19th, 2019|

Newsletter 19 – October 2018

Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters, BUSY SUMMER, BUSIER AUTUMN Anyone who follows us on Facebook will know that it has been a busy summer and promises to be an equally active autumn. We have appealed for hosts across the country in places including Sheffield and Huddersfield, Cardiff, Brighton, Coventry and London and wonderful people have [...]

January 19th, 2019|

Newsletter 18 – July 2018

Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters, MOVING ON AND UP Since we achieved charitable status in March, it’s been all go. Referrals are increasing week by week, we are setting up even better support for hosts, and starting to think about other ways we can make a positive difference for our guests. We are growing up [...]

January 19th, 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|