Refugee Welcome Homes

Justice. Welcome. Partnership. Respect. Integrity.

Refugee Welcome Homes is a Community Interest Company (CIC) based in Bristol that matches socially conscious people who have a spare room with someone who has received “refugee status” (the right to remain and live in the UK) and is struggling to find somewhere to live. Our mission is to reduce homelessness for refugees and to help them access accommodation as a first step towards integration in their new life in the UK.

We believe that all people should have a place to call home. Our core values are justice, welcome, partnership, respect and integrity and these provide the foundation for the ethos upon which we operate as a Christian CIC. We work with people of all faiths and none.

Our Values

Justice

We want to see a world that is fair, equitable and accessible for everyone and we want to be part of making this happen. Getting involved in Refugee Welcome Homes means getting involved in making real justice for refugees in our city by welcoming refugees into your home and community.

We will promote a culture of justice in all our relationships both internally and externally. We will lead by example and we will actively promote justice.


Welcome

We believe that a warm welcome can make a huge difference in a refugee's life when they are far from home. Making room in our homes for refugees and giving them space to grow in confidence and get back on their feet enables them to thrive in a new country and culture. We are also committed to learning from other cultures and curating intercultural spaces of welcome together.


In addition, welcome is all about relationships; how we treat one another. We will be generous with one another, treating each other and those we connect with in a friendly, kind, welcoming and caring way.

Partnership

We are committed to working in partnership both with our refugee lodgers, our landlords and other agencies. We believe in collaborative work with the wider Bristol refugee sector, knowing that we are stronger when we work together. We commit to be accountable to those we work with.


We thrive when we recognise one another’s strengths. To us, partnership and collaboration mean 'listening and evolving together, helping and supporting each other for the sake of a collective goal’.


Respect & Integrity

We want to always do the right thing, in an honest, respectful and responsible way, practicing honesty in a consistent and uncompromising manner, respecting every individual’s human rights and privacy and eliminating all kinds and forms of discrimination.

We also want to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all at Refugee Welcome Homes as an important part of giving respect.



Upcoming Homes for Ukraine host training dates

Current Training


A) Zoom Training


Please see our upcoming Zoom training dates below. To register your place, please follow the Eventbrite link or call 07394 484 799 to register over the phone.


Trauma

Monday 10th October, 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm on Zoom.

In this session we will discuss trauma in guests, children, vicarious trauma, and the resources available to help with this.


To sign up please follow our Eventbrite link: www.eventbrite.com/e/homes-for-ukraine-hosts-training-online-tickets-416018290907



Realities of Hosting

Thursday 27th October 10 am until 12 pm on Zoom.

The realities of hosting (we have extensive experience of this in our team) and how to make it work.


To sign up please follow our Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-realities-of-hosting-tickets-416023446327



Intercultural Communication

Wednesday 9th November 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm on Zoom.

This session will look into both the Ukrainian and British culture. There will also be an interview and a Q&A with our Ukrainian colleague.


To sign up please follow our Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intercultural-awareness-training-tickets-416028611777



We have been working together with experts in the various fields across Bristol to put together these training sessions and they will be interactive and multimedia and there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss learning in small groups too.


Please do spread the word to any other hosts you know, who are based in Bristol. The main email for hosts is support@refugeewelcomehomes.net


Please donate to Refugee Welcome Homes

Refugee Welcome Homes relies solely on donations and grants. If you don't have a room to rent, but would still like to support our work financially, then please do consider donating either regularly or as a one-off gift. To donate, please click the button on the right 👉...