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

InterAction launches new Health Pop-ups giving vital access to local services

22nd January 2020|Blog, News|

The InterAction team have introduced new monthly Health Pop-up sessions at both their CastleGate and West End Library Drop-ins this month. Stalls were set up by a mixture of health services who came along and engaged face to face with asylum seekers and refugees, taking referrals, giving out information and even providing mini-health checks! We caught up with InterAction’s Drop-in Manager Kate Townsend to find out more. Why have you introduced the Health Pop-ups? The health pop-ups make it easier for asylum seekers to access the healthcare that they need. Navigating the NHS is a confusing element of integrating into [...]

Meet Helen, Action Foundation’s new Housing Services Manager

21st January 2020|Blog, News|

Helen Cowgill started her new role as Action Foundation’s Housing Services Manager this month, so we thought we’d catch up with her for a quick chat to find out a bit more about our latest addition to the team. Tell us a bit about yourself I was born in the North East, and currently live in Wallsend, but I’ve spent time in both Manchester and London too. I really enjoy eating out and finding new places to eat. My current favourite is Little Green in Sandyford, it’s a fantastic vegan place. I’m not vegan, but I’ve been vegetarian for 30 [...]

Banish Blue Monday by helping refugees

20th January 2020|Blog, News|

It’s Blue Monday today, which is meant to be THE most depressing day of the year, so we thought we’d put on our positive pants and show how you could cheer yourself up by making a difference to the lives of vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers. After all, what could be more feel-good than setting yourself some achievable goals for the year that help other people?! Be a fabulous fundraiser Join Team Action Foundation and sign up for the Great North Run – with over eight months of training time to get yourself fit and ready, this is a very [...]

“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.”

Action Language Service User

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