Happy To Host- celebrating & championing open homes for homeless migrants

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Happy to Host

Celebrating and championing open homes for homeless migrants across the UK

  • Are you involved in a hosting scheme for homeless migrants including people who have been refused asylum, refugees and other migrants with no recourse to public funds?

  • Do you want to connect with others responding to homelessness in this unique way?

  • Would you like to introduce anyone to hosting in an interactive and informal setting?

This summer, be part of a unique event that brings together people from across the UK to celebrate the amazing work of hosts and raise a collective voice for change.

The ‘Happy to Host’ Convention is taking place on Saturday 13th July from 10am – 4.15pm at Amnesty’s Human Rights Centre, New Inns Yard, London.

Plan for the Day

10.00 – 10.15 - Welcome

Poems by Hannah Sabatia (Share TAWE)

Introduction of the No Stranger Place photography exhibition

10.15 – 11.00 - 'Home Truths – what’s hosting really like?' Panel of interviews with hosts and guests from across the NACCOM network.

11.00 – 12.20 - Workshops:

1. Recruiting hosts and using social media (Paul Catterall from NACCOM with representatives from Refugees at Home, IMiX and Depaul UK)

2. Key issues in hosting (Dave Smith from NACCOM)

3. The global refugee situation (UNHCR)

4. Self-care, Vicarious Trauma and boundaries (Mirjam Thullesen, UKCP registered Psychotherapist)

12.20 – 13.40 - Lunch - Ethiopian vegan food served by Woin Tegegn at Ethiopic Kitchen (Head Chef at Migrateful)

13.40 – 14.00 - No Direction Home – Stand Up Comedy

14.00 – 14.45- ‘Speaking out for Change from your Own Doorstep’- Zrinka Bralo from Migrants Organise on how to talk to decision makers and the value of local advocacy.

14.45 – 16.05 - Workshops:

1. How Refugees at Home works (Lauren and Siobhan, Refugees at Home)

2. Key issues in hosting (Dave Smith from NACCOM)

3. AirBnb’s Open homes scheme and other European hosting schemes (AirBnb)

4. Self-care, Vicarious Trauma and boundaries (Mirjam Thullesen, UKCP registered Psychotherapist)

16.05 – 16.15 - Final plenary and group photo

The event is free to attend, and group bookings are encouraged! We will be able to cover reasonable travel expenses for hosts and prospective hosts*. Simply complete the booking form online.


* We have limited funding to cover travel expenses, so we would encourage participants to book earlier to guarantee cheaper travel. Reimbursements of travel will be limited to a maximum amount of £100 per person. Do get in touch if this will cause a problem for you.

When booking your place please indicate how much your travel will be that you would want reimbursed (don’t worry if this is an estimate) to assist us with monitoring the cost of this.

Reimbursements will be made after the event on receipt of confirmation the participants attended the event, plus evidence of the cost of travel such as a train ticket and a completed expenses claim form.

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