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The National – Lasting bonds as matchmaker helps refugees find shelter in Britain

Early this month, The National interviewed host Karina, and her guest Basel, about their experience living together in central London. What started as a six-week placement has turned into two years living together, with Karina joking to her daughters that Basel is her favourite child now, and Basel explaining that he now has ‘two families’. This story, about a Canadian Jew and a Syrian Muslim supporting each other and enriching each other’s lives, perfectly encapsulates the best aspects of what our hosts and guests get from Refugees at Home. The full article is well worth reading, and can be found here – or you can scroll down to see it reproduced below… […]

May 14th, 2019|

HuffPost – What hosting a refugee has taught my teenage daughter

Irina von Wiese, a Lawyer, activist and, of course, a Refugees at Home host, recently wrote a fantastic piece for HuffPost about the benefits of opening her doors to a refugee. Featuring Panic! At The Disco, Instagram and cooking lessons, the story of Irina’s experience has been the influence of her guest, H, on daughter Alexia. Brought up in peace, safety and relative prosperity, getting to know H has shown Alexia how lucky she is, and how much she takes for granted. You can read Irina’s full article on HuffPost here, or scroll down to see it reproduced below. […]

April 23rd, 2019|

I – What I learnt from the refugee who came to stay

One of our fabulous hosts, novelist Rosalind Stopps, wrote a beautiful piece about hosting for the I newspaper earlier this month. As you might expect, Rosalind’s article is both thoughtful and moving – covering her reasons for hosting and the magical experiences that it brought her. You can read the full account of her time with K, a guest from Kurdistan who loved her dogs and was mystified by vegetarianism, here, or scroll down to find it reproduced below. […]

April 23rd, 2019|

Harkness Fellows – Refugees at Home

Our co-founder, Sara Nathan, recently wrote about Refugees at Home for the Harkness fellows Association, in a set of features where ex-fellows talk about their work today. With at least three former fellows – spanning 40 years – hosting, the programme has, inadvertently, become a key source of volunteers for our charity. And as Sara puts it: “Hosting aligns with the Harkness philosophy of response to public policy, care and cultural exchange so well that I rather hope other fellows might join Christina, Malcolm and I in offering a spare room, temporarily to someone who really needs it to get over the humps in the road of life.” You can read the full article here, or scroll down to see it reproduced… […]

April 23rd, 2019|

Tooting Daily Prss- appeals for hosting in Tooting

Refugees at Home recently featured in local paper Tooting Daily Prss, with stories of our hosts Julian and Lizzie in south London. While Julian talks about being afforded ‘a window onto the lives of others’, Lizzie stresses how all four of her guests to date have been ‘easy, considerate guests’ and the two encourage others to follow in their footsteps and host. London is one of our key hubs, and without hosts like Julian and Lizzie, we would not be able to provide shelter to refugees – and it’s articles like this one that help attract new hosts in crucial areas. You can read the full article on Tooting Daily Prss here, or scroll down. […]

April 23rd, 2019|

BBC Radio Lancashire – Brett Davison

As part of the Equality and Diversity Festival at the University of Central Lancashire, Colette Davies explains to BBC Radio Lancashire's Brett Davison what it means to be a host with Refugees at Home. Featuring different perspectives on tea, video games, and the Home Office, this interview is a fantastic insight into the welcoming environment out [...]

April 1st, 2019|

Birkbeck Blog

Many of our guests have, or are seeking academic qualifications, but holding down a place in higher education when you don’t have a stable place to live is almost impossible. That’s where our hosts can help, and as this blog post shows that has been an enormous source of assistance at Birkbeck University, London. You can read the full post, featuring guest Alaa, placement co-ordinator Rachel Davenport, and co-founder Sara Nathan, here, or it is reproduced below… […]

March 15th, 2019|

CNN Life Changers: Meet the woman opening her London home to refugees

Last month, CNN met Belinda, one of our fabulous hosts who has thus far welcomed 11 refugees into her home. Belinda and her family have had guests from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and she offers them not only a safe place but also a second family in the UK. This wonderful video highlights the spirit behind [...]

March 15th, 2019|

NACCOM – Interview with Constance Nash

Early in 2019 Constance Nash, a member of the Dorking Group, spoke to NACCOM (The No Accommodation Network) about her work and the work of Refugees at Home. Constance is not only a host, but also co-ordinates others and was named on the Independent Happy List 2018 in recognition of her efforts. In this interview she talks about the pleasures of hosting, and indeed the challenges, and how it has changed her outlook on the world. You can read the full interview below, or on the NACCOM website here. […]

February 22nd, 2019|

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|