HostNation befriending project
HostNation is a London-wide introductory service connecting socially isolated and lonely refugees and asylum-seekers with local people who help them engage with the wider community more - whether it be through practising their English and learning about British culture, taking walks in the local park and exploring their neighbourhood, or visiting the sights. We ask our befrienders to commit to an initial 3 month period of regular contact.
Refugees need to be referred to us via the online form - www.hostnation.org.uk/refer
Who to contact
Where to go
- No specific venue. See below
Refugees are introduced to their befriender online - via Zoom or WhatsApp - either by the referrer, if they are happy to facilitate the meeting, or a member of the HostNation team.
- Referral required
- Referral Details
Referrals need to be in a relatively stable position: we are unable to take people with 'high mental health needs' ,whose housing situation is very precarious (at risk of detention/deportation etc.), or are in crisis. We do not exclude people suffering from depression or anxiety - which is common in refugees and asylum-seekers - but we rely on the referrer's judgement that the person they are referring is likely to respond positively to a volunteer offering friendship, not specialist support.They also need to be able to speak enough English to be able to communicate without need of an interpreter. It works best for people who are lonely, feel isolated from the wider community but are curious and would like to connect with London and Londoners more.