History

Room for Refugees was pioneered by Positive Action in Housing (Scottish Registered Charity No SC027577) in 2002. It is the longest running refugee hosting scheme, run by a registered charity, in the UK or Western Europe. We pioneered the idea of refugee hosting in 2002 when the first Iraqi refugees came into our office and us they had nowhere to stay and were forbidden to work or get any kind of support. We were incredulous.


“Like AirBnB for refugees”

We went “viral” in September 2015, receiving extensive coverage from newspapers and other websites. More recently the Guardian newspaper did an extensive photo essay about some of the people we host. See more press coverage here

We specialise in safe refugee hosting for those facing emergency homelessness – offering a major practical resource in terms of a human and compassionate approach to supporting refugees to rebuild their lives with an unrivaled level of pastoral support – sharing what we have in the Western world.

Many hundreds of families and individuals have so far been assisted and achieved life transforming outcomes, helping give hope to thousands more and rebuild new lives.

If you want to be part of the Room for Refugees network and want to offer temporary shelter to an individual or a family while they get their lives back on track, please register here or email us for a chat.

We are building links with refugee organisations across the globe, and are accepting registration from potential refugee hosts in Scotland , England, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Western Europe. We would also encourage potential hosts in Canada and the USA to register with us as we can then build links with refugee organisations in those areas – please email us for more information.