Room for All Hosting Scheme contributes towards reducing homelessness in Swindon through temporarily accommodating sanctuary seekers who do not fall into eligibility criteria for social or supported housing, or while they are waiting for social or supported housing.
We support sanctuary seekers who are destitute, are going to become destitute or are vulnerably accommodated. We provide all-round support to our guests through a private bedroom in a volunteer Host’s home, a bus pass if needed, a designated support worker and personalised move-on plans.
Room for All Hosting Scheme was piloted in May 2017 and run solely by volunteers. Our volunteers placed 4 sanctuary seekers in Host’s homes, all of whom moved on to permanent accommodation. Funding was applied for to enable us to continue the scheme and thanks to the Wiltshire Community Foundation, a Hosting Coordinator was employed.
The Hosting Scheme was launched fully in January 2018.
We are members of NACCOM – the No Accommodation Network. NACCOM is a national network preventing destitution amongst asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants and helps to coordinate and join up initiatives, sharing learning and resources and providing mutual support and encouragement for hosting schemes in the UK.
Who we Support
Room for All Hosting Scheme supports sanctuary seekers living in Swindon. They could be:
An asylum seeker
An appeals rights exhausted asylum seeker
A vulnerable migrant with no recourse to public funds
Our guests have come from a diverse range of countries including Iran, Sudan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Tibet, Kuwait.
We provide temporary accommodation and work with the relevant agencies to create a move-on plan towards permanent accommodation.
We need more hosts! If you have a spare room, even if only on a very temporary basis, please get in touch! To find out more about becoming a Host please contact Natalie at [email protected]. We will come and visit you in your home to discuss hosting further and provide free training so that you can work out if hosting is for you!
Interested in becoming a Volunteer Support Worker? Our Volunteer Support Workers work with both guests and hosts to ensure that they have a positive experience. Being the first point of contact for the host or guest, you will catch up regularly with them and support the Hosting Coordinator in carrying out their move-on plan. Please contact Natalie for more information.
If you can’t host or volunteer but would like to support the scheme, a financial donation will help us to carry on providing support to destitute sanctuary seekers in Swindon. You can donate to our transport scheme, which helps the guests on Room for All access public services, English classes, employment services and more. Please follow the link to our Local Giving page.
If you would prefer your donation go to the whole project, towards valuable training and resources for volunteers, ensuring guests and hosts are well supported, you can set up a direct debit to Swindon City of Sanctuary, specifying the project you would like your donation to be spent on. Please contact Natalie, our Hosting Coordinator for more information.
If you would like further information please contact our Hosting Coordinator at
The Swindon Advertiser’s coverage of ‘Room for All’ can be read here and here. Our thanks go to the Wiltshire Community Foundation for funding our host coordinator position to make this project possible.