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|

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|

R@H on Independent’s Happy List

Every year The Independent publishes a ‘Happy List’ of 50 ‘outstanding people whose volunteering, caring, fundraising, mentoring, charity work or selflessness make Britain a happier place to live.’ This year we are delighted that Refugees at Home host and organiser Constance Nash is featured on their list. […]

January 7th, 2019|

The Guilty Feminist – Active Compassion

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 [...]

December 14th, 2018|

HuffPost – Here’s Why You Should Consider Hosting A Refugee This Christmas

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, especially given the very real prospect of street homelessness of many of our guests if they are not hosted, and these stories show what a wonderful experience it can be for both host and guest. You can read the full article in it’s original form here, as well as checking out the rest of the HumanKind stories, or scroll down to read below.  […]

December 14th, 2018|

The Guardian – ‘Living with a refugee gives you a real understanding of what is important’

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 world. You can read the whole article below, or click here to find it on the Guardian website. […]

November 28th, 2018|

HuffPost – Hosting A Refugee Helped Me Find My Own Place In The World

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 lost relatives.  Her beautiful piece gives a great insight into what we do, and you can read it in full here – or check it out below.  […]

July 13th, 2018|