If you are an asylum seeker or refugee over 18 and you live in London, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Newcastle or Gateshead then HostNation is here for you.
Do you want a local friend to chat to and find out more about life here in the UK? It’s a great way to practice your English and explore new places. It can be lots of fun.
84% of our refugee friends say they felt better, more positive and happier after knowing their friend for three months.
How HostNation works
We help refugees and asylum seekers find a local friend to help settle into the UK. We will introduce you online when you are both ready, you can meet face to face for outings to places like local cafes, parks, markets or museums.
You both start with a promise to be in touch for three months. But many friendships go so well that they continue for years!
How to apply for a friend
You need someone to refer you to us. This might be your social worker, caseworker, lawyer, therapist or teacher. We need a person who knows you and can tell us this is the right service for you.
Then we will contact you to find out more about you and who you would like to meet. We try to make a good match with one of the people on our database, who we have checked carefully. They are called your befriender.
We always match women with women. If you are a man, we may match you to a male or a female. This is because we have more female befrienders on our list.
Important: we are NOT a dating site. This is not a place to find a girlfriend or boyfriend.
YOU CAN APPLY IF:
You are an asylum seeker or refugee.
You live in Greater London, Teesside or Tyneside.
You are over 18.
You speak some English and have a mobile phone.
You have someone who can refer you to us.
You are not in crisis with your asylum case, mental health or housing.
You are going to be living in the same area for the next six months.
You like the idea of making a new friend and finding out more about your new home.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
It can be very hard moving to a new country. You will feel more at home with a local friend by your side.
HostNation is a charity. Registered charity number 1180004