Now a part of NAT
The Host Project, formerly Host Nottingham, became a part of NAT after the merger with Host Nottingham in January 2023.
Host Nottingham formed in 2011 as a response to the growing number of destitute asylum seekers and refugees needing housing support across Nottingham. The charity sought to provide temporary accommodation for asylum seekers and refugees utilising individuals’ spare rooms, as well as providing a support network for those already informally hosting asylum seekers and refugees..
Since then, we have hosted hundreds of clients from many ethnicities, with differing life experiences and backgrounds.
Why is hosting needed?
The UK asylum system is very difficult and complex to navigate. Gaps in the system can leave those seeking sanctuary without accommodation or any safe place to stay whilst they process their asylum claim, or even after they have received a positive decision.
Hosting provides a welcoming, safe space for individuals to be able to further progress their asylum claim and prepare for their new life in the UK.
How does it work?
- We take referrals from partner organisations
- We match suitable clients up with hosts,
- We organise a move-in. The client will have access to a private bedroom and shared facilities.
- We host clients from a couple of weeks to several months.
- We support host volunteers during the placements, and with further relevant training and networking.
- We advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers via media and social media platforms, by raising awareness of the issues they face.
Interested in hosting? Click here to find out more
Roger, a NAT trustee, and his wife Sue, discuss advice on BBC East Midlands for those considering
hosting Ukrainian refugees.
Click here for the full video.
Jane Henson, an experienced host and Clothes Bank volunteer, goes on Notts TV to discuss important issues, from the Ukrainian refugee scheme, to how local policy is impacting asylum seekers and refugee families.
Click here to watch the full episode.
A now retired host, Clive, discusses hosting an Afghan refugee amidst support for Afghans,
off the back of the crisis in August 2021.