Who we help
- Refugees fleeing war or persecution, for example, Syria, Palestine, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Zimbabwe
- People seeking asylum who have been forced into destitution or are at risk of destitution.
- Syrian refugees fleeing the war, and families and individuals from many other countries too.
- Migrants and asylum seekers without recourse to funds, who have been left destitute for months or years because of administrative delays with their cases. We assist those who thought noone would step forward to help.
Our main criteria is that you, the caseworker know your client well enough to make a referral. And that your organisation can vouch for your client as someone who is safe to be referred to our scheme, and to live peaceably with respect in someone else’s home as a guest, following their ground rules.
As a caseworker, you will play an active involvement in the hosting process and to ensure there is a smooth entry and exit date from the host’s home, and to assist your client to progress their case and move onto independent living arrangements.
If you have already registered for an account to make referrals, log in here to make a referral.
What we offer
- A free service for experienced homelessness caseworkers with a vested interest in ehlping their clients transform a hopeless situation into a bright positive future!
- Over 13 years of refugee hosting expertise and a thorough experience of doing casework with those who are destitute or at risk of imminent destitution.
- More than 4,000* volunteers ready to provide free shelter in their homes. The length of stay varies from around one month to over two years in some cases. The quality of accommodation is extremely high and hosts are visited and screened before a hosting goes ahead.
- 83% of our “hosts” are in every part of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Around 13% are in the U.S.A. (We strongly encourage U.S. based caseworkers from refugee organisations to apply for accounts with us).
- Our hosts have registered their details with us to provide a home for a refugee family or individual in need, and this system lets homelessness caseworkers assisting refugees and those seeking asylum who have no accommodation or recourse to funds to quickly and efficiently refer “guests” for hosting with our volunteers.
The Referral process
- We provide you with a simple online form to refer new clients for the first time. You can also refer previous clients again for hosting with another volunteer, perhaps towards the end of a stay or if circumstances have changed. We also provide a history of all your past clients you have referred in the past, so you can see the progress and outcome of previous and ongoing cases.
- Each caseworker in your organisation who needs to refer clients will get an individual account, allowing them focus on the clients they are referring.
- *If you are an interested referral agency anywhere in the UK, (or Western Europe, the U.S. and Canada), please apply for accounts here:
- If your client has recourse to funds or other support, or other options with friends, family etc. do not refer to this scheme.
- If your client has substance misuse issues, a history of violence or criminality, or may be disruptive to the lives of our hosts, do not refer.
- If your client turns down an offer from our scheme, our caseworkers’ time that might be spent on actual emergencies will have been wasted, and your account is at risk of deactivation.
Our current* list of referral partners:
- Aberdeenshire Council Aberdeen
Action for Refugees in Lewisham London
Alison Thewliss MP Glasgow
Ashley Community Housing BS5 0HE
Bail for Immigration Detainees London
Birmingham Hall Green constituency London
Body and Soul London
Bridges Programmes Glasgow
Brighton Migrant Solidarity Hove
Bristol Citizens Advice Bristol
British Red Cross (Bristol) Bristol
British Red Cross (Chelmsford) Chelmsford
British Red Cross (Leeds) Leeds
British Red Cross (London) London
British Red Cross (Luton) Luton
British Red Cross (Maidstone) Maidstone
British Red Cross (Milton Keynes) Milton Keynes
British Red Cross (Newport) Newport
British Red Cross (Portsmouth) Portsmouth
British Red Cross (Woking) Woking
British Red Cross Refugee Services (Glasgow) Glasgow
Camden Family Services and Social Work London
Carlisle Foodbank Carlisle
CEO – Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum Cambridge
Children and Families Social Work, Falkirk Falkirk
Community Infosource Glasgow
Community Systems Limited Wembley
Coram Voice London
Cornerstone Day Centre Manchester
Creative Youth Network BRISTOL
DASH Huddersfield Huddersfield
DASS and SRC Glasgow
Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support Plymouth
Drumchapel Citizens Advice Bureau Glasgow
Drummond Miller Glasgow
Duncan Lewis Solicitors Middlesex
Ed Miliband MP Doncaster
Ethnic Minorities Law Centre Glasgow
Freedom from Torture Glasgow
Freedom from Torture London
Freedom From Torture North West Manchester
Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group Crawley
Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees Glasgow
Glasgow City Mission Glasgow
Glasgow Clyde College Glasgow
Glasgow Night Shelter Glasgow
Glasgow Vineyard (Storehouse) Glasgow
Govan & Craigton Integration Network Glasgow
Greater Pollok Integration Network Glasgow
Hackney Migrant Centre London
Haringey Migrant Support Centre London
Helen Bamber Foundation London
Homelessness Prevention Initiative – Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust London
Hope Housing Bradford
Hope Housing Training and Support Bournemouth
Humanity Crew Haifa
Independent – Catherine Wren Bristol
Integrated Care Network London
Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants London
Just for Kids Law London
Kent Refugee Help Kent
Kirsten Oswald MP Thornliebank
Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre Hamilton
Latta & Co (Glasgow) Glasgow
Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network Leeds
Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network London
Margaret Ferrier MP Cambuslang
Martha House London
McGlashan MacKay Solicitors Glasgow
Medical Justice London
Medical Justice London
Migrant Help Dover KENT
Migrants Organise London
NHS and Friends Twickenham
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Springburn
North East London Migrant Action London
North of England Refugee Service Newcastle upon Tyne
Notre Dame Refugee Centre London
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum Nottingham
One Housing Group London
Oxford City of Sanctuary and Emmaus Oxford Oxford
Paiwand Afghan Association London
Paragon Law Nottingham
Paul Hamlyn Foundation London
Positive Action in Housing Glasgow
Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund London
Project 17 London
Queens Park Church Glasgow
RAY -Refugee Action York York
REACHE North West Salford
Reache organisation Manchester
Refugee & Migrant Centre Wolverhampton
Refugee Action (London) London
Refugee Action Kingston Kingston upon Thames
Refugee Council London
Refugee Support Devon Exeter
Refugee Survival Trust Glasgow
Revive Manchester Manchester
RH & Co. Solicitors Glasgow
RISE CIC kingston
Riverhouse Trust Hammersmith
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing Rochdale
Room 2 Heal London
Rt. Hon. Ann Clwyd M.P. Aberdare
Sante Refugee Mental Health Access Project London
Scottish Detainee Visitors Glasgow
Scottish Disability Equality Forum Alloa
Scottish Guardianship Service Glasgow
Scottish Refugee Council Glasgow
Sikh Sanjog Edinburgh
Slough Refugee Support Slough
SOAS Detainee Support London
Sola Arts Liverpool
South London Refugee Association London
Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers London
St Mungos London
Stepping Stones for Families Glasgow
Streatham Drop-in Cemtre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees London
Terrence Higgins Trust Glasgow
Thames Reach homeless organisation London
The Bridges Programme Glasgow
The Connection at St Martin’s London
The Migrant’s Law Project, Islington Law Centre London
The Passage London
The Rock Trust Edinburgh
The Unity Centre Glasgow
The Well (Glasgow) Glasgow
Trinity Centre Cardiff Cardiff
Trust Women’s Project London
Waverley Care African Health Project Glasgow
Wilson Solicitors LLP London
Young Roots Croydon
If you have already registered for an account to make referrals, you can log in to make a referral.
Can you please confirm if hosts are checked by DBS or Disclosure Scotland?
Some of our hosts have had background checks and some aren’t. For those who are not, we have a system of checks and balances in place to minimise risk and ensure we are satisfied that a hosting can go ahead. If the potential guest is a vulnerable person and includes children, then we will insist on enhanced disclosures before moving forward. We may also insist on more detailed checks being carried out by the caseworker before proceeding. We want to maximize safety. We want to minimise delays in a crisis situation, so it’s a careful balancing act and we will work with the caseworker to ensure the placement is safe to go ahead.