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 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.

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

Lola further strengthens the Housing Team

14th March 2019|Action Housing, Housing, News|

“I felt very welcomed into the Action Housing team and orange is one of my favourite colours too!” Born in New York, Lola O'Keeffe is now a native in Newcastle! Coming from a large family with connections around the world, Lola and her family returned to the UK when she was 8 years old and settled in the Yorkshire countryside. Whilst an undergraduate studying Psychology and Philosophy at Durham University, Lola was an active volunteer with various local charities including the Butterwick Hospice and County Durham Society for the Blind.  After graduating she took up her first paid job with [...]

Welcome to our new Support Worker: Marian Armour

27th February 2019|Uncategorised|

“I really enjoy the variety of working with lots of different people and to seeing the impact that advocacy and support can bring”.  Marian grew up in London and went on to study Anthropology and German at Sussex University, spending one year living in Germany as part of her degree. Marian speaks English and German and has an interest in languages with considerable experience working with people with English as an additional language. As part of her degree she did a module on translating and interpreting.  She has also learnt some Spanish but would like to learn Arabic next! She [...]

Let’s meet our new Senior Support Worker: Andrew Wisbach

26th February 2019|News|

“Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me, and I'll understand.” - Chinese Proverb Born in Newcastle, Andrew spent his early years moving around the UK with his family, before spending his school years in Keswick. He later returned to his roots where he lives today. He spent many years working in banking for Northern Rock until their collapse. In December 2009 he left to go travelling including some time spent in Denmark.  In January 2011, wanting to return to work, he applied for a part-time cleaning role at St. Vincent’s on New Bridge Street.  They [...]

“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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