Spare Room for Forced Destitute Migrants has been finding hosts since 1996. It began as Wanstead Friends Refugee Support Group. Members felt moved to offer hospitality in their own homes. After many hostile changes in Immigration Rules and the ongoing refugee crisis people all over the UK have been moved by compassion and a sense of justice to welcome forced migrants. Spare Room has arranged safe homes for some 80 forced migrants and currently has 23 approved hosts and seven guests.

They are celebrating their 20th anniversary and holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 3rd September– 1.00pm to 40.0pm at Wanstead Friends Meeting House, Bush Road, London E11 3AU.

Transport details: Leytonstone Tube. Buses 66, 145, 257, W13, W14, W19 to Green Man Roundabout. 101, 308 to Blake Hall Rd/Bush Rd.

Project coordinator Chris writes; ‘We will enjoy conversation over a bring and share lunch before going on to the AGM and hearing speakers share their experience of the human cost of forced migration and of hosting as a compassionate response. We will also be reporting progress on merging our work with two other larger hosting projects we have helped inspire. A celebration and a farewell.’

If you would like to come please get in touch with Chris.