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.

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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

Can YOU help vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees cope with the Coronavirus crisis?

3rd April 2020|Blog, News|

We’re facing a new challenge here at Action Foundation. The arrival of the Coronavirus has dealt a devastating blow to the services we are usually able offer to vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees. With the cancellation of Action Language classes and InterAction drop-in services our beneficiaries have lost valuable lifelines of support and are more isolated than ever. Donate to our Covid-19 Crisis Support Appeal HERE While everyone’s scrambling to clear supermarket shelves spare a thought for vulnerable asylum seekers living in our community who only have £37 a week to live on - that’s less than half of statutory [...]

Action Foundation bids farewell to Vin!

30th March 2020|Blog, News|

Vin Totton is retiring after clocking up over five years as Project Manager for Housing at Action Foundation. We caught up with him on his last working day to find out more about his time with the charity and how he’s feeling about the next chapter of his life… When did you join Action Foundation and where had you worked before? Prior to 2000 I was a Housing Manager working across several local authorities and within that time the most recent appointment was an Area Housing Manager in Newcastle for the council and I was responsible for about 8,000 tenancies. [...]

Coronavirus Update: 27th March

27th March 2020|Uncategorised|

Good morning everyone, I wanted to get in touch with an update on what we’ve been up to, what we’re planning and how you might be able to get involved. These are difficult times for all and sadly it is often the most vulnerable in our communities who are hit the hardest. We are particularly mindful that the effect of Covid-19 on our clients is likely to be magnified and we’re doing all we can to support them, our staff and others connected to Action Foundation. What we've been doing Co-ordinating a collaborative response in the areas we have a [...]

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