When we started Refugees at Home in 2016, we had little idea how quickly we would grow, or the huge impact of our work.
Today we are the UK’s largest independent hosting charity. We have found temporary accommodation for nearly 5000 guests, providing beds for more than 400,000 nights that would otherwise have been spent sleeping on the street.
The accommodation we provide costs us less than £20 per hosted night. Our guests not only get a safe place to stay and a good night’s sleep: they can practise their English, learn about British society and home life, and share their culture with a welcoming host family. Some guests and hosts become lifelong friends.
“Please know that your efforts have made a lasting impact, and I will forever be grateful for the stability and comfort you have helped me attain. As I continue to rebuild my life, I look forward to the day when I can pay it forward by hosting, helping, and supporting vulnerable individuals in their time of need”
Our latest impact report
The invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 saw an unprecedented increase in the number of guests needing help, and hosts stepping forward. That work has continued in 2023 – already our busiest year ever – and we are proud to have made more placements than ever before.
We currently have almost 20,000 hosts registered with us – ten times more than in 2020-21. Over the last 12 months we have made 900 placements, many of which have included more than one guest.
Our guests so far this year have come from 48 countries. The vast majority are from Ukraine, but we have also helped a large number of people from Eritrea, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
Further information about the difference we have made is in our Impact Report 2023.