Refugee Support

Hosting one or more refugees in your home

For individual households wishing to be connected with a local refugee support group –

Hosting Good Practice Guide (pdf, April 2022), from NACCOM. Key considerations for prospective hosts.

Guidance from existing hosts on welcoming refugees into your home (May 2022) from Refugees at Home.

If you are considering hosting a refugee from Ukraine, please see our Ukraine response page. The following members of Caritas Social Action Network have nominated contacts for local responses to the war in Ukraine:

Diocese or Charity in England and WalesEmail contact
Diocese of Arundel and BrightonLaura Maydew-Gale
Diocese of BrentwoodSteven Webb
Daughters of Charity ServicesMark Choonara
Depaul UK (Youth homelessness)Mike Thiedke
Diocese of East AngliaDavid Livesey
Father Hudson’s Care
(Archdiocese of Birmingham)
Maria Gallagher
Diocese of Hallam (Sheffield area)

 

Stuart Hanlon

 

Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

 

Fr Adrian Tuckwell

 

Caritas Jersey

 

Patrick Lynch
Jesuit Refugee Service UK

 

Rhiannon Prideaux
Diocese of Middlesbrough

 

Deacon David Cross

 

National Board of Catholic Women

 

Margaret Clark

 

NOAH Enterprise (ESOL lessons in Bedfordshire, Northampton Diocese)

 

Richard Skinner

 

Diocese of Northampton

 

Deacon Jim Hannigan

 

Diocese of Nottingham

 

Paul Bodenham

 

Diocese of Plymouth

 

Deborah Fisher

 

Diocese of Portsmouth

 

Sheila Wade

 

Diocese of Salford

 

Patrick O’Dowd

 

Diocese of Shrewsbury

 

Ben Gilchrist

 

Society of St Vincent de Paul (England and Wales)

 

Alessandra Sciarra

 

Archdiocese of Southwark

 

Paul McCallum

 

Stella Maris (seafarers)

 

Martin Foley

 

Archdiocese of Westminster

 

Rosa Lewis

 

 

Psychological First Aid

Psychological first aid is a method of helping people in distress so they feel calm and supported in coping with their challenges. It is a way of assisting someone to manage their situation and make informed decisions. This orientation package focuses on Psychological First Aid in the context of conflict and uncertainty, and has been recommended by direct service members of the Caritas network in England and Wales as suitable for use by people with relevant experience.

Psychosocial support to refugees from Ukraine, from the IFRC Psychosocial Centre.

Guide for field workers, from the World Health Organisation

 

 

 

For parish groups considering community sponsorship, see our dedicated webpage.

 

Picture: The ‘jungle’ in Calais, 2015.