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.

Keep up to date with the latest Action Foundation news, events, projects and fundraising opportunities by signing up to our newsletter or visiting us on social media.

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

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.” [...]

Turnitin cyclists take on the Sandstone Way for our appeal!

15th April 2019|Blog, Fundraising, News, Uncategorised|

We are delighted to have been selected by the Newcastle office of Turnitin as one of their chosen charities for the year. Turnitin is used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 150 countries and provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalised feedback, and assess student progress over time https://www.turnitin.com/ As part of their fundraising efforts towards our Gift of Words appeal, a team of 6 intrepid cyclists are going to undertake the Sandstone Way in June -  can you lend your support and sponsor them?  Meet the team (minus Tom) [...]

Geologist Tilal starts his new life in 2019

8th April 2019|Blog, Language, Uncategorised, Volunteering|

Tilal is a fully qualified Geologist from Sudan and arrived in the UK in July 2018 leaving behind him a wife and 3 young children aged 4, 6 and 8 years old. After 2 days in London, his first month was spent in Home Office accommodation in Wakefield before being dispersed to Home Office accommodation in Newcastle, where he shared a house with 2 other men, from Egypt and Yemen.  Fortunately, all were Arabic speakers so communication within the house was good. Tilal wished to waste no time in further improving his knowledge of the English language and Googled English [...]

“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

Contact Us

Translate »