Many who have hosted asylum seekers consider it to have been one of the most rewarding times of their lives. Clearly however every person (host as well as guest!) is different, as are the experiences they have lived through and the circumstances they are currently facing.
What is involved?
In order to be accepted as a host for BIRCH, an individual or household will usually need to have as a minimum a spare room with a bed and bedding, and the capacity to provide food towards the guest’s daily needs. Guests will be able to obtain some of their own food in the form of food parcels provided by local charities, but are likely to need to share daily basics such as tea, coffee, bread etc.
How we support our hosts
We recognise that offering to share your home, whether for a meal or for a stay, can be a big commitment and we are on hand to support you and your guest every step of the way. Volunteers are fully supported by the Project Coordinator who is only ever a phone call away. They will background check your guest before the placement or befriending relationship begins its trial and will conduct regular review meetings. Our Community Hosts tell us that they feel very well supported and every host we have has wanted to carry on hosting after their first placement.
Click here for our ‘Guidance for Potential Hosts’ which gives more information on what to consider when hosting, and an application form to get you started. Please get in with us if you require further information.