Refugee Befriending Scheme

HostNation believes every refugee deserves a friend. We connect those offering friendship with those needing it.

Befriending is a chance to reach out as willing volunteers to give marginalised refugees and asylum seekers a more positive experience of our cities and towns and everything they have to offer. It is a chance for refugees to practise their English with a native (or at least fluent) English speaker, to learn more about British culture and traditions and to participate in English life.

A good way to look at it is to see your befriendee as your city or town's "guest" and you as their local "host". Even people who have been in the UK a decade or more have experienced very little of what Britain has to offer.


  • This is an altruistic, social arrangement and there is no payment or professional service provided. In many ways, it can be easier to give money to charity but to give of yourself, in order to make a real difference to one person's life, can be so much more rewarding
  • While nothing is mandatory, we ask important questions about yourself and your lifestyle in order to make stronger matches.
  • Shared interests between befrienders and refugees will always lend to better to longer lasting friendships!
  • Skills such as languages too are very helpful for refugees still practicing their English
  • All applicants must be adults over the age of 18.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    over 18's
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 07/08/2023

End Date: 25/12/2024

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