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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 and vulnerable migrants who are destitute, about 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.

About Us

Initially piloted by volunteers, Room for All was fully launched 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:

A refugee

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.

Get Involved

Hosting

We need more hosts!  If you have a spare room, even if only on a very temporary basis, please get in touch!   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!

Support Work

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.

To find out more about becoming a Host, Support Worker or about referalls please contact Sarah, our Hosting Coordinator at [email protected]

Donate

If you can’t host or volunteer but would like to support the scheme, a financial donation will help us provide support to destitute sanctuary seekers in Swindon, funding things like a bus pass, toiletries and our destitution fund.  You can donate here.

 

The Swindon Advertiser’s coverage of ‘Room for All’ can be read here and here. 

Our thanks go to the Wiltshire Community Foundation & NACCOM for funding our Hosting Co-ordinator position to make this project possible.

 

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