We are excited to introduce Swindon’s new Hosting scheme ‘Room for All’ which aims to match refugees who are destitute to hosts who can offer a spare room in their own homes.
Why is there a need for a hosting scheme in Swindon?
A very good question and our hope is that there won’t be a need for one in the future.
Refugees can feel a mixture of happiness, bewilderment and isolation that accompanies their positive asylum decision. Home Office policy is that those who are in receipt of Asylum Support will cease to be entitled to accommodation and cash support 28 days after their notification of being granted refugee status. During this period, refugees who may not have been in the UK for very long, are unfamiliar with the systems, may not speak good English and will not have had access to employment and savings, have to very quickly obtain housing and a means to support and feed themselves and their families. (Ref: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/assets/0003/1769/28_days_later.pdf)
This is where ‘Room for All’ steps in to help those refugees who have found themselves destitute. Many may also be awaiting to receive important documents such as a National Insurance Number so they can find work and support themselves.
Hosting is only for the short-term for each guest (often around 4-6 weeks).
We are in the early stages and currently, the scheme is being piloted with only a small number of hosts. We are however looking for more hosts and volunteers to help us run the scheme as it grows.
If you would like further information please contact our Host Coordinator Jane Farr
Email: [email protected] Tel: 07848047359
You can find out more about becoming a host in our guidebook, just click the following link to download a copy:
You can also fill in our online application form to become a Host: https://goo.gl/forms/QuApBKWiFobPZYII3