HostNation believes every refugee deserves a friend.
We connect those offering friendship with those needing it.
Now matching friends across Greater London and in the North East and recruiting befrienders in Newcastle, Gateshead and Manchester.
We are a city-based introductory service connecting residents to refugees through small acts of kindness, inclusion and friendship. Once introduced by HostNation, it’s up to our befrienders and their refugee friends to make plans and to meet up to participate in city life. We ask for a weekly commitment of meeting face-to-face over three months, but many matches become firm friends.
If you are an asylum seeker or refugee and would like a befriender please click here for more information.
To see the difference befriending can make, listen to our refugee friends Pinar, Saoud and Hanifah talk about their experiences.
Films 1 min each and shot for HostNation by @DamnFineMedia.
For more films, blogs, case studies and podcasts on HostNation befriending click here.
If you like what we do but are not able to befriend,
please consider a donation.
The Befrienders’ Guide
To learn more about befriending the HostNation way and seeking asylum in the UK, read our guide.
Refugee Support Organisations
For a list of organisations in London, Manchester, Newcastle and Gateshead that provide refugee support - advice, casework, housing, legal, social, drop-in centres - please use our links and help befriendees find the support that they need.
HostNation is a charity. Registered charity number 1180004