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 2018 Action Foundation…


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

Helped people from…


88 different countries

News & Events

Avid reader Abi joins the Fundraising & Grants team

21st May 2019|News, Uncategorised|

Our newest recruit, Abi Walker, tells us a bit more about herself. Born in Middlesbrough, Abi moved to Newcastle for university and fell in love with the City! She spent the last two years as a Bid Writer for Women’s Services at Changing Lives, securing grants for projects across the North and Midlands supporting people with experience of Domestic Abuse, sex work / sexual exploitation and the Criminal Justice System. She also has two years’ experience working in Communications for the Labour Party. Ready for a fresh challenge, Abi has recently secured a position working for Action as our Fundraising [...]

A good day in the saddle for the Sandstone Way Turnitin team!

3rd May 2019|Blog, Fundraising, News, Uncategorised, Volunteering|

On Sunday April 28th the 6 members of the Turnitin Sandstone Way team set off to tackle a large training ride out in Northumberland. Team member Nathan explained: "The ride took us from the village of Alwinton up to the Scottish border and over Windy Gyle before dropping down to the valley. Once at valley level there were a couple of climbs to cross the hills back to Alwinton. This was a tough ride, but one we all enjoyed. It was good to get out in to the National Park and experience some of the terrain we will encounter during the [...]

OISC Level 1 success for Jen!

15th April 2019|Action Housing, Blog, Housing, Uncategorised|

Congratulations to our Support Worker, Jen Willis, on being awarded the OISC Level 1 certificate in Immigration and Asylum and Protection. This award, from the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, is a very prestigious qualification and was in recognition of Jen completing the Level 1 training course provided by Refugee Action, which started in November last year. Jen explained what was involved, “the course was excellent and involved 6 full days of interactive training. I was working alongside staff from refugee organisations from all over the UK which enabled us to share valuable experiences and knowledge with each other.” [...]

“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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