Could you host a refugee or asylum-seeker in your home for a period?
This can be a very fulfilling and mutually rewarding thing to do. If you have a spare room in your home and can offer it to a refugee for a few months or longer, this is very much worth considering.
Having the security of a family home can make all the difference to someone trying to get on their feet. The extra stability can be all they need to get themselves sorted out with their own accommodation, employment or higher education. And it’s a great way to build friendship networks, understand British culture a little better, and feel less alone.
There is direct experience of this within Ripon City of Sanctuary, so please get in touch if you have any questions. And look for wonderful stories like this!
Who can help you – professionally and securely?
The following organisations can carefully match you with person/s who might be right for your household – and vice versa:
Refugees at Home – Since setting up in October 2015, Refugees at home have made nearly 830 placements. Many have been able to move on and find accommodation, but on an average night they have 135 placements active, involving 145 guests.
Room For Refugees – A community hosting network offering safe, temporary homes and pastoral support for insecurely housed refugees, asylum-seekers and vulnerable groups (families, the sick, the elderly and unaccompanied asylum seeking children with no recourse to public funds).
“I wanted you to know how grateful I am for everything that you have done for me. You opened the doors of your house for me and I will never forget that. I found peace and love around this house. Everything that you do makes a difference in somebody’s life.”