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

Action Hosting matches volunteers offering a spare room in their home with a destitute asylum seeker to provide short-term accommodation. All hosts are fully trained and the thorough matching process means that placements are positive experiences for both hosts and guests.

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

Action Language teacher’s diary: learning in miniature

3rd July 2020|Blog, News|

We’ve started our Action Language groups on Zoom and are in the process of organising self study resources online, on paper and via phone calls. We started with 20 people, last week we had 59 people in zoom sessions, and have been in touch with over 100 people now. It's still a fraction of our usual numbers, but it’s growing rapidly. Action Language volunteers Hilary and Michael are some of the teachers who are leading the Zoom lessons and have kindly agreed to write a diary of how everyone gets on with this new approach to teaching. We'll handover to [...]

Covid-19 Crisis Support update: Three months on…

26th June 2020|Blog, News|

The team at Action Foundation have been working incredibly hard over the last three months of lockdown supporting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. Isolated and vulnerable people around Tyne & Wear are being swiftly connected with the help they need – whether that be referrals to food banks, phone credit so learners can access Action Language classes on Zoom, games to keep people’s children occupied, or the supply of essential toiletries and cleaning products. Just to put this into perspective, at the start of lockdown on 20th March, Universal Credit was increased by £20 per week to deal with [...]

Action Language teacher’s diary – Zoom classes have begun!

23rd June 2020|Blog, News|

Action Language classes have been slowly starting up again this month after the UK went into lockdown. The team have been working incredibly hard to find new ways of making sure asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Tyne & Wear can access free English lessons from home. It’s not a one size fits all situation, as not all of our learners have the same access to technology – with some people using computers, others trying to get by with a mobile phone with limited phone credit and then there are those who literally have none of that at all. [...]

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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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