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.
New HostNation hubs open in Teesside and Tyneside - sign up to befriend now.
And coming to Manchester and the NW in 2022
We are a city & town-based introductory service connecting residents to refugees through small acts of kindness, inclusion and friendship. As a result of Covid we now offer ‘smart’ befriending, with introductions taking place online and video calls supplementing regular one-to-one meet ups. Regular video-calls are followed by one-to-one meet-ups when covid restrictions allow. We ask for a minimum commitment of 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 London organisations that provide refugee support - advice, casework, housing, legal, social, drop-in centres - please use our links and help befriendees find the support in the capital that they need.
HostNation is a charity. Registered charity number 1180004