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.”
– A person placed by Refugees at Home
There is direct experience of hosting within Ripon City of Sanctuary, so please get in touch if you have any questions or need to know what to think about. For example, remembering to think about thinks like adding a lodger to your home insurance. To encourage you, look online for wonderful hosting stories – like this one!
Who can help you – professionally and securely?
Refugees at Home can carefully match you with the person/s who might be right for your household – and vice versa. Since setting up in October 2015, Refugees at Home have made over 1,700 placements. They host about 160 people a night and have now hosted over 125,000 individual person nights. Many of the refugees/asylum-seekers they have placed have been able to move on and find their own accommodation.
With thanks to Refugees at Home for permission to use their images on this page.