Meetings and Conferences

See below for details of all our upcoming events and activities

Happy to Host- Celebrating and championing open homes for homeless migrants across the UK

Saturday 13th July 2019

– Do you host people who are destitute, including people who have been refused asylum, refugees and other migrants with no recourse to public funds?

– Do you coordinate a hosting scheme? 

– Have you been accommodated through a hosting scheme?

– Do you want to connect with others responding to homelessness in this unique way?

– Would you like to introduce anyone to hosting in an interactive and informal setting?

This summer, be part of a unique event that brings together people from across the UK to celebrate the amazing work of hosts and raise a collective voice for change.


NACCOM’s first ever ‘Happy to Host’ Convention is taking place on Saturday 13th July from 10am – 4.15pm at Amnesty’s Human Rights Centre, New Inns Yard, London.

Plan for the Day

10.00 – 10.15 – Welcome

Poems by Hannah Sabatia (Share TAWE)

Introduction of the No Stranger Place photography exhibition

10.15 – 11.00 – ‘Home Truths – what’s hosting really like?’ Panel of interviews with hosts and guests from across the NACCOM network.

11.00 – 12.20 – Workshops:

  1.  Recruiting hosts and using social media (Paul Catterall from NACCOM plus Refugees at Home, IMiX and Depaul UK)
  2. Key issues in hosting (Dave Smith from NACCOM)
  3. The global refugee situation (UNHCR)
  4.  Self-care, Vicarious Trauma and boundaries (Mirjam Thullesen, UKCP registered Psychotherapist)

12.20 – 13.40 – Lunch – Ethiopian vegan food served by Woin Tegegn at Ethiopic Kitchen (Head Chef at Migrateful)

13.40 – 14.00 – No Direction Home – Stand Up Comedy

14.00 – 14.45- ‘Speaking out for Change from your Own Doorstep’–  Zrinka Bralo from Migrants Organise on how to talk to decision makers and the value of local advocacy.

14.45 – 16.05 – Workshops:

  1. How Refugees at Home works (Lauren and Siobhan, Refugees at Home)
  2.  Key issues in hosting (Dave Smith from NACCOM)
  3. AirBnb’s Open homes scheme and other European hosting schemes (AirBnb)
  4.  Self-care, Vicarious Trauma and boundaries (Mirjam Thullesen, UKCP registered Psychotherapist)

16.05 – 16.15 –  Final plenary and group photo

The event is free to attend, and group bookings are encouraged! We will be able to cover reasonable travel expenses for hosts and prospective hosts*. Simply complete the booking form online. Tickets will be available until the 8th July unless spaces fill up sooner.


* We have limited funding to cover travel expenses, so we would encourage participants to book earlier to guarantee cheaper travel. Reimbursements of travel will be limited to a maximum amount of £100 per person. Do get in touch if this will cause a problem for you.

When booking your place please indicate how much your travel will be that you would want reimbursed (don’t worry if this is an estimate) to assist us with monitoring the cost of this.

Reimbursements will be made after the event on receipt of confirmation the participants attended the event, plus evidence of the cost of travel such as a train ticket and a completed expenses claim form.

Regional Hubs

NACCOM is committed to seeing an end to asylum and migrant destitution and part of the way we do this is to share our ideas, support one another and develop best practice. Our hubs are a great opportunity to find out more about the diverse range of NACCOM members’ accommodation projects as well as other exciting initiatives. Find out when the next ones are in your region below:

London, South & South East 

Date: 4th  September

Location: London

Venue: JRS (Jesuit Refugee Services UK), Hurtado Jesuit Centre, 2 Chandler Street, London, E1W 2QT

Time: 11:30 (11:00 for coffee) to 4pm

Contact Paul for more details

North East & Scotland

Date: 11th September

Location: Stockton-on-Tees

Venue: Red Cross Office, Victoria House, Pearson Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 6PT (If travelling by train do not book to Stockton Station but Thornaby-on-Tees)

Time:11:30 (11:00 for coffee) to 4pm

Details of the event:

Hilary Hodgson the North East Service manager for the Red Cross is going to do a presentation about the Ariadne Lottery Funded project, a partnership between four refugee & asylum charities on Teesside including Open Door North East. The project has secured £500,000 over 4 years to bridge gaps and improve service provision to clients including welcome & orientation, legal provision, housing, move on and good data capture.

Contact Paul for more details

Plus, Save the Date- our annual conference is happening in Leeds on the 17th October 2019- more details coming soon
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