HostNation befriending project
We connect lonely refugees and asylum-seekers with local people, 1-to-1. Our volunteers act as social hosts, helping the person they are matched with feel more integrated in London life. We say that "London is a much friendlier city with a Londoner beside you'.
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We don't have a physical venue, as we are a digital introductory service, connecting local volunteers with socially isolated refugees and asylum-seekers who have been referred to us. Matched pairs then decide themselves where they want to meet, what they want to do.
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- We ask our volunteers to cover any transport costs of their meet-ups and to be willing to also pay for any coffees or snacks.
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We match lonely and socially isolated refugees and asylum-seekers with befrienders. We operate across London but geography is an important criterion when making matches - we try to connect people who live relatively close to one another, to make meeting up easier.