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

Team Action Foundation Smash #GNRSolo Challenge!

14th September 2020|Blog, News|

Action Foundation’s team of nine runners have ALL completed 40 runs each since 29th June for the Great North Run Solo Challenge. Between them that’s 360 runs with over £4,000 raised in sponsorship money. Add to their fundraising total here Everyone’s hearts sank earlier in the year when the Great North Run was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, but the Great Run organisers soon came up with an alternative set of challenges for people still keen to take part. This included the GNR Solo Challenge – 40 runs of any distance for 40 years of the Great North Run, [...]

Tynemouth Trail success for Action Foundation!

10th September 2020|Blog, News|

This summer saw a two-week Trivia Trail in Tynemouth, giving locals the opportunity to explore the historic coastal town, the chance to win fantastic prizes from local businesses, and all raising a fantastic £340. The money raised will directly help support refugees and asylum seekers in our community, who face barriers such as language, isolation and poverty on a daily basis. Action Foundation Volunteer and Tynemouth resident Helen Johnson, who not only gives her time as a teacher to Action Language, as well as being heavily involved with the Covid Crisis Support effort, is an inspirational fundraiser and organised the [...]

Action Foundation Board News: New Chair and New Trustee!

8th September 2020|Blog, News|

There have been some exciting developments on the Action Foundation Board of Trustees over the summer. After 15 years at the helm, Adrian Smith is handing over the Chair of Trustees role to David Lyall. Plus we’re delighted to be welcoming Gil Okai as the latest trustee to the Board. Action Foundation’s CEO Julian Prior said of the changes: “I am deeply grateful to Adrian for his long-standing support and leadership from the very beginning of this work. His wisdom and concern for our beneficiaries has been outstanding.” “David brings a great deal of experience, skills and vision to the [...]

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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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