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.
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:
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 provide support to destitute sanctuary seekers in Swindon, funding things like a bus pass or toiletries to meet immediate need. You can donate here.
For anything else, please email [email protected] or phone 07903 167 142 (Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 4.30pm)
Our thanks go to the Wiltshire Community Foundation for funding our Hosting Co-ordinator position to make this project possible.