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.
“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.”
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 – Established in 2002 by the homelessness and human rights charity Positive Action in Housing, they’ve made 968 placements and arranged 103,850 nights of shelter. The majority of people have been able to move on and rebuild their lives, but on an average night they have 65-70 placements active, involving 80 guests. The Network accepts referrals from 305 refugee and homelessness organisations. The average length of stay is 3 – 6 months. Most placements take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, but the Network has hosts all over the UK. [email protected]