In response to rising levels of migrant destitution and increasing support for refugees facing homelessness, national charities have launched the first Hosting Toolkit, a how-to guide helping members of the public provide spare rooms to migrants experiencing destitution.
The resource has been developed in response to growth in hosting provision across the UK and is designed to be a practical guide both for people exploring hosting for the first time and for existing schemes wanting to learn from others.
The toolkit, which is accessible online, brings together expertise from NACCOM and Homeless Link and aims to encourage the development of hosting as a practical response to rising migrant destitution.
The toolkit contains practical advice on
- setting up a hosting scheme
- recruiting, training and supporting volunteers
It also has case studies of schemes in operation, showing the impact hosting has made, both to their guests and the wider community.
Dave Smith, co-author of the Toolkit, NACCOM Network Coordinator and himself a host said:
‘Volunteers and community groups across the country are showing extraordinary generosity by giving people in search of safety somewhere to call home. We want to develop this kind of practical and life-saving work whilst ensuring that the people running these schemes are properly supported along the way’.
‘By definition, destitution is inhumane. As a policy, it does not reflect the values of decency, fairness and hospitality that many people hold dear. In this way, hosting is about more than making space in homes. It is about doing life differently, and is an exciting and important conversation to be part of.’