Organisation aims / mission / values
Impact: To improve the lived experience of refugees in Greater London
By providing an effective mechanism that connects Londoners with friendship to give to socially isolated asylum seekers and refugees in need of a local friend
- Key outcomes: To reduce their social isolation / To increase their participation in London life / To improve their spoken English
By bringing Londoners and refugees together in local communities through many small acts of kindness, hospitality, involvement and companionship.
By accelerating meaningful social contact and rewarding inter-cultural relationships that generate wellbeing, social capital and enable integration amongst refugees and asylum seekers in London
london is a much friendlier place with a Londoner beside you
How we deliver these aimsWe are an online refugee befriending service. We scale up and accelerate social befriending opportunities in Greater London by using technology to connect and introduce people face-to-face in their local communities. We match referred refugees to local, screened befrienders to facilitate new, inter-cultural friendships, tackle chronic loneliness and promote integration. HostNation is also about local Londoners bringing about change in their communities. We offer a digital means of connecting those offering friendship, with refugees needing it, in our communities. We are fundamentally a digital introductory platform promoting meaningful social contact between resident communities and refugee communities who would otherwise live unconnected, parallel lives. 80% have become positive, ongoing friendships. There have been unexpected outcomes too. One befriender has introduced his Afghan Doctor befriendee to the local CCG and he now works there 3 days a week, another has found her Iranian trained-lawyer friend work experience and another has helped her friend from the Congo successfully apply for a University place. One befriender tutored his friend 3 hrs a week to help him secure a University place to study aeronautical engineering.
Who benefits from our workAs defined in our constitution our primary purpose is: the promotion of social inclusion for the public benefit among those who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants The social need we address is loneliness and social exclusion amongst asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in London. Often they know no one outside officialdom and their own ethnic communities. Meaningful social contact with Londoners is rare and needs to be facilitated. We also believe in refugees having greater personal agency and through local befriending to help them become active participants in the community rather than simply the recipients of services. We also provide opportunities for working Londoners to volunteer and create rewarding intercultural relationships with people they would never otherwise meet.
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