Newsletter 23 – April 2019

December 8, 2019 9:28 am

Newsletter 23 – April 2019
Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters,
Welcome to the first newsletter since January. We have focused on placements of course, had a successful birthday party – at which it was a joy to meet hosts, guests, referrers and supporters – and a successful fund-raising concert too.
As Easter approaches, and the winter night shelters close again (that’s how, apart from the blossom and the daffs, we know it’s spring) do please get in touch if you can host – but haven’t been asked recently – or can recruit hosts particularly in London, Manchester, Liverpool or Cardiff.
We know when term ends, the young come home from uni and some hosts need the space back. But also that others are going away and are happy to have a guest at home while they do. And that spring is about thinking of new beginnings and possibilities – one of which might be hosting.
It’s, as ever, if you can help.
And, linked to that, Facebook is being a bit of a struggle at the moment when we try to recruit hosts for a specific guest. We are so grateful to those who share and re-post and contact their family and friends in all sort of areas. Please, if you are on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, keep a look out and share if you can.
Plus is anyone on ? It’s a lot of connected neighbourhood micro-sites and of course some are more useful than others. But one host posted about a specific guest recently and we got THREE interested potential hosts, two of whom are in the process of becoming hosts right now. So if you are, or might be on one of these groups and you are pretty urban, do please recruit for us there.
Rachel joined us in the autumn of 2017 and before that she was a Home Visitor (OK, she was my Home Visitor) She has worked on placements for all that time and many of you will know her because she was so often the source of any contact. Rachel left at the end of March, with our huge thanks, for a new role at Freedom From Torture, but she will keep on her HV role for a while yet (phew). We will be looking for a new member of the placement team soon.
If you are planning to put on an event – anywhere in the UK – and are thinking of raising funds or hosts, let the team know and we will publicise here and on social media. You are not alone!
Concert – April 27th – St Olave’s Church, London EC3
Two of our lovely hosts are getting their musician friends together to put this on to benefit us:
Tickets on sale at
Comedy Night – April 16th – Bethnal Green
This month sees our first ever comedy night – which has an amazing line-up including Josh Widdicombe, Ed Gamble, Aisling Bea and Tez Ilyas – it has sold out of all but on the night tickets. It’s at the Backyard Bar in Bethnal Green.
Don’t Look Away – various places and dates
16th – 17th April, Cornerstone, Didcot
24th – 26th April, Harrogate Theatre
7th – 18th May, Pleasance, London
The producers say:
“2015. A young Syrian man enters a community centre, covered in flour and looking for help. He finds Cath, a cleaner, who reluctantly lets him stay in her son’s room. A split second decision which will change her life forever.
Don’t Look Away is a powerful new production from NOVAE theatre, Directed by Nicholas Pitt (Mistero Buffo, Underbelly and Arcola Theatre, Winner of the Stage Award for Acting Excellence) and written by Grace Chapman, this is daring theatre inventive in its form and astonishing in its delivery. A critical tale of compassion and an investigation into our collective response to the international refugee crisis.
Don’t Look Away will be playing at Pleasance Islington from 7th – 18th May. Please visit the Pleasance website to book or call the box office on 020 7609 1800. Made with support from Pleasance Theatre, Refugees at Home, the Refugee Council and Young Roots.”
We are doing a Q&A on May 16th – do come.
One of our volunteers has set us up with all sorts of easy give as you shop techniques. They usually bring in small amounts but hey! if we all did them, how could it not help? Let us know if you would recommend any others.
AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support us every time you shop with Amazon at no additional cost to you. All you do is log in via link below and choose Refugees at Home as your chosen charity. Then Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price every time you shop.
Or try easyfundraising which is the UK’s biggest charity shopping fundraising site. Again it’s simple to use and free. Plus you can earn a £5 bonus donation every time someone successfully joins and raises £5 as a supporter through the unique link below.
Or alternatively try Give as you Live through the link below. This site again raises money as you shop on line with some charities raising over £100k to date. Money earned varies from site to site and things bought.
What would you like to see in next time’s newsletter? Do please let me know so we report and reflect on the things that interest you. Until then, many thanks for the hosting, the responses, the support, the ideas.
Sara and the team
Refugees At Home