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 always come forwards.
Our hosts have done amazing things: G & J offered to host a terminally ill, refused asylum-seeker– whom the hospital discharged, the hospice said wasn’t ill enough to go there and the Home Office wouldn’t accommodate because he was too ill to deport (not kidding here).
K & J took in a family of five for practically the whole summer while the family’s very supportive community sorted out post reunification life.
A host in Caerphilly stepped up and hosted E and her 11-week-old baby. They are about to move on to another host who responded to our (heartfelt) appeals.
Those are just a few cases that stand out. All over the country generous hosts are making space in their homes and lives for people who need a few weeks to get established, a couple of months while they sort out University finance or longer because they STILL haven’t got status.
And our longest hosted family is about to move into its own flat in Manchester after 560 nights – EACH – that’s a total of 1680 hosted nights which sets an all-comers record.
happy families

SECOND IMPACT REPORT

Chris and Rachel have delved into the data and have produced our second impact report. Now we know that we have hosted people from 61 nationalities (up from 54 the first time), that we have hosted for more nights in the last six months than in our first year and that 90% of our guests still come from just 5 countries – Syria, Sudan, Eritrea, Iran and Ethiopia.
Chris and Rachel have delved into the data and have produced our second impact report. Now we know that we have hosted people from 61 nationalities (up from 54 the first time), that we have hosted for more nights in the last six months than in our first year and that 90% of our guests still come from just 5 countries – Syria, Sudan, Eritrea, Iran and Ethiopia.
Just to be completely up-to-date, we have now hosted for more than 92,000 individual nights. That’s enough nights to take us back to 1766 – the year hydrogen was discovered and the first golf course opened.
Last fact, I promise: we are hosting between 150 and 160 people, mostly men but women and children too – every single night.

TEAM CHANGES

Since our last newsletter, George has resigned to go to New Zealand. Something to do with Hobbits apparently. We are grateful for his staunch work with us and hope he has a fab time. Areej has stepped up from part to full-time and we have very nearly employed two more placement administrators.
They will continue to work mostly remotely but we think working face-to-face one day a week is really helpful. At the moment it’s largely at my kitchen table but if anyone has free office space in London which we could use a day or so a week, that would be fantastic. I HATE the thought of paying for office overheads if we can avoid it. Please email info@refugeesathome.org
We are also about to interview for a senior manager (courtesy of the Tudor Trust and The Fore who have provided the grants we needed to do this).
As we had 74 applications for placement admin and 166 for senior manager, it has taken a while and also explains why this newsletter wasn’t written last month.
We will update you next time around.

FUNDRAISING UPDATE

So many thanks to people who have been sponsored to walk, run and get older on our behalf. Sponsored significant life events are a lovely way for you and your friends to support us and we are grateful to Belinda for turning 60 and to others with un-specified birthdays and events. No recent weddings but we live in hope. We do love a good wedding.
Plus we were recently short-listed to be the Bank of England charity of the year – in the end we came seventh out of 54 charities – not bad for tiny little us when up against huge national fund-raising teams. And we were awarded £1,000 as a consolation prize.
Next time: an update on the placements team, our fundraising pack, and – with a following wind – launching our new and updated website.
For now, all our thanks for hosting, for supporting our guests and for being the lovely people who make what Refugees At Home does possible and even fun.
Sara and the team