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

Global lunch celebration for ESOL for Work students

22nd August 2019|Action Language, Blog|

It was grubs up for the latest students to complete the ESOL for Work course with Action Language as they joined staff and volunteers to celebrate their achievements with a delicious lunch this week. Everyone brought in a dish from their own country to share, and the table filled with a delicious array of food from around the world. ‘Tasty surprise’ ESOL Teacher and Co-ordinator Ruth Colclough always likes to round a course off with a special lunch, and said: “We don’t really co-ordinate who’s bringing what, so it’s a tasty surprise on the day.” As everyone gathered around the [...]

UK Head of UNHCR commends Action Foundation on ‘groundbreaking project’

16th August 2019|Action Access, Blog|

We were excited to welcome Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UK Representative for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on a recent visit to Action Foundation to get an insight into Action Access – the pioneering two year pilot project providing an ‘alternative to detention’ for female asylum seekers. The project provides housing and support to women who are currently detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, or who would otherwise have been detained there. It aims to improve voluntary engagement with the immigration system for asylum seekers who would otherwise be detained whilst being supported in the community to resolve their immigration status in a [...]

A sociable trip to the seaside!

14th August 2019|Action Hosting, Action Housing, Action Language, Blog|

At the end of July we took a group of women from across our projects for an enjoyable day out to the coast at Whitley Bay. It was a chance for ten women from Action Housing, Action Letting and Action Access to come together and socialise, get to know the area while having a much-needed day at the seaside away from their usual routine. The women met up at Action Foundation before jumping on the Metro for the ride out to the coast. Paddle or swim? Some of the women have physical and emotional health problems, so mutual support is [...]

“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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