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

Meet our Drop-in team!

28th May 2019|interAction Drop in, Recruitment|

Meet the team heading up our new interaction Drop-ins, Kate Townsend, our Drop-in Manager and Tolosa Tadesse our Drop-in Coordinator. Our Drop-ins, for asylum seekers and refugees, take place on a Tuesday at CastleGate and on Thursdays at the West End Library between 12 noon and 2pm.  Kate grew up in north Nottinghamshire with her parents, two brothers and Cockapoo, Zoe. At the age of 18, she moved to Senegal for a year where she taught English and German to 5-25 year olds and lived with a local family – she is still on the lookout for any Wolof speakers [...]

Asylum seeker Amir drops-in to help us!

28th May 2019|Action Language, Blog, Client Story, Volunteering|

Amir arrived in the UK on 24 November 2018 having fled persecution in Iran and then moved to Newcastle in December 2018 where he is currently awaiting news of a date for his asylum claim interview.  I met Amir recently while he was helping to assemble a pool table for our new interAction Drop-in at the West End Library and I asked him how he became involved with volunteering at Action Foundation.  He told me that on arrival in Newcastle he joined the City Church community and through them learned about the work of Action Language and then enquired about [...]

“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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