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

Winter Welcome Appeal hits £10k target!

11th January 2021|Blog, News|

Action Foundation are celebrating raising £10,406 for the ‘Winter Welcome’ Christmas appeal, giving a much-needed boost to our InterAction Drop-in project.   The money was generated in just under six weeks, through the generosity of supporters, volunteers and local organisations.   Our innovative twice-weekly InterAction Drop-in provides a welcoming, safe and supportive environment, giving migrants the chance to connect directly with the local agencies who can empower them to put down roots within their community.  ‘Amazed and humbled’  Kate Townsend, Project Manager InterAction Drop-in said: “We in the InterAction team have been amazed and humbled by the incredibly generous support we’ve received from the Christmas Winter Welcome Appeal.”  “The Drop-in [...]

January lockdown update

5th January 2021|Blog, News|

From Tuesday, 5th January England has been placed in a lockdown and people will have to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons. In order to keep everyone safe over the past 10 months, Action Foundation has already made significant changes to the way we deliver our support services to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. However we’ve made a few further changes given the current restrictions, so we thought we’d clarify how each project is operating: InterAction Drop-in As of 11th January our twice-weekly drop-in will NOT be running, but we’ll continue to support clients on [...]

Local football club show off new Action Foundation jackets!

5th January 2021|Blog, News|

When the Great North 10k was cancelled in 2020, the charity-minded team at Benton Con Club Football Club wanted to find a way to give a local charity a boost. They came up with the idea of featuring a charity’s logo on their tracksuits - and we’re delighted to reveal that they’ve chosen Action Foundation! BCC FC First Team Manager & Club Secretary Steven Leman has written us a blog post to introduce the squad. Benton Con Club FC was created in 2017 with a handful of players, some borrowed kit and the intention of providing a good environment for [...]

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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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