Newsletter 24 – May 2019

December 8, 2019 6:25 pm

Dear Hosts, Home Visitors & Supporters,
We do hope the glut of spring bank holidays including Easter was fun for all… we managed to survive the holidays with reasonable élan and are now poised for the summer… more of that in a moment.
Because we are always asking people to host, and want them to say yes, we are hoping to engage our Home Visitors to help us to support our hosts, so that you feel vibrant at the end of a placement and want to host again: it’s hard to find a constant supply of new wonderful people, in cities, to open their houses in the way you do, so we think enhancing your experience with a little more support might help. So we are going to ask the HVs to reach out to their hosts and check all is well.
The same commitment to more support means we are also working on a couple more hubs where hosts can get to together to share experiences. We hope Finchley will launch soon and maybe Sheffield too. Do please get in touch if you would like to help organize a hub in your area – it’s not onerous and we do offer help.
We do sometimes struggle to reach some hosts and HVs – we think our emails must go to spam/junk/trash too often. Could you check your folders please – and get back to us if you find something lurking – even if the email is a bit old.
So if you are in a town or city, haven’t hosted recently but think you might be able to do so over the summer holidays, we would be beyond delighted. Some hosts are happy for guests to stay while they are on holiday (my beautiful baskets wouldn’t survive without a strict watering schedule) others tell us they are not keen or have family returning from uni and the like.
So now is a great time to say you’d love to host over the summer: usual address
Do you know someone who might fit the bill? It’s virtual working with a weekly face-to-face day. For that we use London meeting rooms, usually on a short-term basis, offered pro bono by wonderful office hosts. We are currently at Moody’s in Canary Wharf, had a month at Airbnb, and before that at our lovely lawyers, Travers Smith.
The advertisement closes on June 2nd and we hope to appoint by the end of the month
Advert for Placement Coordinator
Yadida has volunteered for Refugees At Home in the holidays for a couple of years. Her dad is a long-term Home Visitor. Now she is our very first intern (paid of course – we are not vile exploiters of the young). We hope she will cover us over hiring and over the summer too. It does make us feel very grown-up.
It was fab – such fun and raised over £3,000 for us. If anyone wants to put on other events to fundraise, we have buckets, badges, a pull-up thingy, even a card-reader….
So many thanks to Ben van der Velde who organized and all the AMAZING comics – each of them a headliner alone – who came along to make us laugh and raise the money and awareness.
Thanks too to Yen-Pei, Adrien and their friends for the delightful concert at St Olave’s and to the “Don’t Look Away” cast and crew at the Pleasance theatre for raising awareness and funds at their shows. And it was lovely to see hosts at the q&a session after a performance.
REFUGEE WEEK: 17th – 23rd JUNE 2019
And finally….
This year we are benefitting from our new company secretary, Rebecca del Tufo, being a film scheduler in real life. She is organizing our volunteers to attend film screenings up and down the country: Lewes, Sheffield, Leeds, , Manchester, London and Bristol so far – others we hope still to come. Please keep an eye on Facebook for announcements when the screenings are firmed up.
The film is
Abbas, a high school teacher in the Central African Republic, has fled his war-torn country with his two children. They now live in France, where Abbas works at a food market, while applying for political asylum. A French woman, Carole, falls in love with him and offers a roof for him and his family. When Abbas’ application is rejected, they face a crucial decision.
It has had some good reviews from festivals
We are trying to arrange a volunteer to attend a screening and speak about our work – and wave a hopeful bucket probably – it’s more about awareness than money.
Plus, do keep a look out for a whole range of other events during the week. And let us know if you are doing something which is hosting- related. We are always happy to help publicise anything our supporters do to raise awareness, hosts or funds.
And mercifully, this year, it’s after the end of Ramadan, so hosts and guests can all join in.
That’s it for now – as ever grateful thanks to all supporting the vital work of Refugees At Home. How would it continue otherwise?
All the best,
Sara and the team
Refugees At Home