Empowering refugees to
overcome exclusion


Action Foundation is an award-winning charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Through our free English language school, supported housing projects and InterAction Drop-in, we support refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants to integrate successfully into the community and lead more independent and resilient lives.

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 2019/20 Action Foundation…


refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants to access our services.
Volunteers worked with us to…

help people from…


94 different countries

News & Events

Give the gift that lasts all year round…

2nd December 2020|Blog, News|

Hi I’m Abi and I’m the Fundraising and Grants Officer here at Action Foundation! As part of our Winter Welcome campaign raising money for our InterAction Drop-in project, we would love to encourage our supporters to sign up to make a regular donation and give a gift that lasts. Today I’m going to answer some of YOUR questions on regular donations….. What is a Regular Giver ? A Regular Giver is a supporter of Action Foundation who chooses to donate a set amount of money every month. This amount can be totally different for each person, really depending on how much [...]

How InterAction made Iveth feel welcome despite the Pandemic

30th November 2020|Blog, News|

Action Foundation are asking supporters to give the gift of community to refugees this Christmas with our Winter Welcome Appeal, raising money for the InterAction Drop-in project. Today we want you to meet one of the hundreds of asylum seekers who has come along to our Drop-in, so you can see first hand the difference it is making to people's lives in Newcastle. Donate Here Iveth arrived from El Salvador to seek asylum in the UK nine months ago, starting off in Wakefield and then moving up to Newcastle just as the pandemic was gathering pace. Iveth told us how [...]

Action Foundation’s Winter Welcome Appeal launches

26th November 2020|Blog, News|

Action Foundation are asking supporters to give the gift of community to refugees this Christmas with the launch of our Winter Welcome Appeal, raising money for the InterAction Drop-in project. Donate Here Migrants arriving in Newcastle this winter face a daunting set of challenges. Navigating a new city, cold temperatures, making sense of a foreign culture and language while trying to simultaneously deal with legal claims and housing issues – all this with just over £5 a day to survive on and all the limitations of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a terrifying recipe for isolation. Our innovative twice-weekly InterAction Drop-in [...]

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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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