Action Foundation is an award-winning charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Through our free English language school and supported housing projects we support refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants experiencing isolation in Tyne and Wear and provide opportunities to help them overcome their exclusion.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

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Action Letting

Action Letting provides supported accommodation to newly granted single adult refugees at risk of homelessness during their rapid transition to mainstream housing. We currently manage 15 properties in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland on behalf of private landlords.

Find out more about Action Letting.

Action Housing

Action Housing provides supported accommodation to destitute asylum seekers with no recourse to public funds. Due to their immigration status this extremely vulnerable group are unable to work or receive any government support and are therefore entirely reliant on the help of charities or friends to survive.

Find out more about Action Housing

Action Access

Action Access offers a community-based alternative to clients who have been refused asylum and are currently held in detention. The project has been designed in partnership with the UNHCR and the Home Office.

Find out more about Action Access.

Action Hosting

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak Action Foundation has made the difficult decision to temporarily close our Hosting Project. Action Hosting matches volunteers offering a spare room in their home with a destitute asylum seeker to provide short-term accommodation.

For more information about Action Hosting.

Action Language

Action Language provides free English courses in Newcastle and Sunderland city centre. Our aim is to provide ESOL classes to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants unable to access mainstream classes in a supportive environment.

All our free classes are taught by qualified volunteer teachers.

Find out more about Action Language.


InterAction provides a friendly, accessible, interactive and supportive environment to help new and other migrants experiencing loneliness, isolation and feelings of disorientation, to connect with other people and cultures, local places and services.

For more information about InterAction.

In 2019 Action Foundation…


refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants access our services.
Volunteers with an estimated value of…

Helped people from…


90 different countries

News & Events

How transformative legal funding brought Karim stability

23rd October 2020|Blog, News|

Karim* is from Iran and has been in the UK for 20 years, housed by Action Foundation’s Accommodation project for the last five. His asylum case had been refused multiple times and his mental health was extremely fragile as a result of everything that had happened to him. Action Foundation Support Worker Marian told us: “Karim had been homeless for about 10 years so it was hard for him to get any new evidence for his asylum case and so he was living in a kind of limbo.” Crucial help from North East Law Centre If you’ve been in the [...]

InterAction Drop-in welcomes Celia to the team!

22nd October 2020|Blog, News|

We're excited to welcome a fresh face to the InterAction Team - say hello to Celia Bouch. She’ll be joining fellow coordinators Lizzie Walsh and Lesley Dunn working with Project Manager Kate Townsend to deliver the twice weekly multi-agency Drop-in service, offering advice, support and human connection to refugees, people seeking asylum and other migrants in our community. We caught up with Celia to find out more… Tell us a bit about yourself: I grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and studied Music and Hispanic Studies at The University of Sheffield - I play the harp and can speak both Spanish [...]

Action Foundation calls for Delivery Partners for Digital Inclusion Project

13th October 2020|Blog, News|

Action Foundation is looking for Delivery Partners for a new 12-month Digital Inclusion project, that will see refugees and asylum seekers being given tablet computers and the training needed to access a wealth of empowering digital services. The project will empower beneficiaries to access employment and education opportunities. The mentoring approach uses digital tools to reinforce habits, skills and knowledge. In this way, we will ensure that learning is participant led and adaptable to any level of competency or aspiration. The delivery model relies on the strength of existing connections built by organisations with local people. We’re looking for Delivery [...]

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“I got the chance to improve a lot my English language and to meet new people and friends. Thanks to Action Language and ESOL for Work course, I got my job in the UK, I really feel much more confident.”

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