Due to the Coronavirus outbreak Action Foundation has made the difficult decision to temporarily close our Hosting Project.

Action Hosting matches volunteer ‘hosts’ offering a spare room in their home with a destitute asylum seeker (guest) to provide short-term accommodation.

The move to put the service on hold was made given the significant number of hosts who are no-longer able to offer their spare room and to ensure the safety of both hosts and guests through the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic.

‘Necessary decision’

Action Foundation’s CEO Julian Prior said: “Hosting is a key element to what Action Foundation has offered clients over the years and is a project that is close to people’s hearts, so this is not a decision we have taken lightly or quickly.”

“However in order to protect our hosts, many of whom are elderly or vulnerable, we felt it was a necessary decision.”

All hosting guests have been able to successfully move on or into our Housing project so no current clients will be disadvantaged by this change.

In the past year Action Foundation has supported 11 Hosting guests to move on from our scheme and into longer-term housing solutions.

Situation reviewed

Action Hosting Co-ordinator Lesley Dunn said: “Our hosts are absolutely amazing people. I can’t thank all of them enough for the work they have done over the past four years. Special mention has to go to those that were hosting at the beginning of lockdown, who, in effect, isolated with their guest for a number of weeks, going above and beyond what they signed up for.”

“However, as lockdown eases and the future in some ways looks ever more uncertain, it feels the right time to suspend the project. We look forward to welcoming hosts old and new back and being able to continue safely offering hosting to new guests when the timing is right.”

Over the coming months we will regularly review the situation and look forward to relaunching Action Hosting when we feel it’s safe and sustainable to do so.

If you have any questions at all or would be interested in volunteering to be a host when the service resumes please email [email protected]