Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters,


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 descending en masse and won’t be able to host for a bit from mid December.

But equally, some hosts might be even more willing to take in an extra waif or stray over that period. Or be vacating a home, they don’t mind lending to our guests

So we are asking two things:

  1. If you are hosting now but know you can’t host over Xmas, please inform us early. And with dates if possible.
  2. If you can offer space or more space from mid December to early January, or know someone who can, do please let us know as early as possible. Then we can draw up our mega-chart and make plans.

Just email and put XMAS hosting in the subject line.

We can feel a spreadsheet coming on…


Refugees At Home needs a treasurer to ensure our financial governance continues to be completely sound. Commitment, financial background and attendance at monthly board meetings in London are the basic requirements. Please email Yvette at if you can help.


The great news is that Aphre Powell and Siobhan Judd (pictured on the left) have joined the placement team. They are all inducted and ready and have now been to their first face-to-face working days – courtesy of our lovely friends at Birkbeck College. They join the experienced Rachel Davenport and Areej Osman on the right of the photo. Do expect to hear from any or all of them.

And we have appointed Lauren Scott as our new manager, after an exhausting (for all of us) appointment process. Lauren is currently manager at the Robes Project in South London where she has gained experience in working with the homeless, managing a small team and working with lots of volunteers.

We look forward to her joining the team on 10 December.

We are grateful to grants from the Tudor Trust and The Fore, which made contemplating a full-time manager even possible.

We’re also grateful to those who offered us a day a week in their offices or homes. Birkbeck College have hosted the first three months, probably a city law firm after that and then a space by the river….


Refugees At Home has enterprising and cultured supporters so we have some great events upcoming:


DECEMBER 1st 2018 7pm

Simon Wallfisch sings Schubert’s Winterreise in St Peter’s church, Belsize Square, NW3 4HJ. or on the door.

Winterreise – Winter’s Journey is glorious music of achingly despairing melancholy – a musical Everest for both singer and pianist. Schubert composed the 24 songs of the cycle the year before he died. Wilhlem Muller’s poems had only been recently published. The verses tell of lost love and despair. Their melancholic mood suited Schubert well as his own health began to fail. He died less than a year after its completion.

DECEMBER 3rd 2018 6pm

The Funding Network – December meeting/auction

So four charities are invited to pitch for financial support from all these people assembled specifically to give. It sounds terrifying to me (and I am doing the pitching!) One of our lovely hosts put us up for this – and it’s a great opportunity. But it would be calming/inspiring to see some friendly faces there.

Our supporters get free tickets – just email before November 30th to ask for one.
Information here:

FEBRUARY 6th 2019 7.30pm

Concert in Wimbledon by Margaret Fingerhut

We are lucky to be part of acclaimed pianist, Margaret Fingerhut’s concert tour “Far from the home I love” supporting refugee charities. Margaret has commissioned a piece by a Kurdish Syrian refugee and will be playing other music on a theme of exile and homesickness.

Tickets available through


Drum roll…

Here it is – packed with ideas for things anyone and everyone can do if they fancy doing some fundraising for us.

So whether it’s making marmalade or running marathons – here’s how to run amok and make money the easy way.


The Xmas hosting update and looking forward to new us in the New Year.

For now, all our thanks for hosting, visiting, volunteering and responding to all the – mostly outrageous – demands Refugees At Home makes on your time and life.

Sara and the team