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This role is to be a volunteer host. A ‘host’ is someone who generously accommodates a refugee, migrant or asylum seeker - a ‘guest’ - in their own home. This is usually in a spare room. It is up to the host to decide how long they are willing to accommodate someone. This could be for just a few days or considerably longer. The initial agreement is always for a week or two; then you can decide to extend if you wish. People host in all sorts of different ways and we aim to be as flexible as possible. You can
decide your own living arrangements with your guest - for example, whether or not to share meals. If you go on holiday, expect visitors or just want a break, we can arrange for the guest to move to another host and many guests stay with several different hosts while they are on the scheme.
The guests are individuals who meet our eligibility criteria before joining the
scheme. When we receive a referral for a homeless refugee, migrant or asylum seeker, we meet with the person and obtain two references. Each guest is required to work with other services to resolve their situation, including progressing an asylum or immigration case. This is usually a solicitor or caseworker from the Red Cross or another organisation.
Milton Keynes, Reading, Oxford and surrounds.
Talking & Listening
We are looking for people with open minds and good interpersonal skills, including the ability to react sensitively to others and listen.
You will be really helping someone at a very difficult moment in their life to move forward, by offering safe sanctuary to someone. You will get to meet people from other cultures and learn more about the world. It is a very tangible way to help, in the face of the migrant crisis.
Befriending, Buddying & Mentoring,Support Work
We welcome and/or have the resources to support: