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Project information

Host Derby

Host Derby provides temporary accommodation for destitute asylum seekers with host families in Derby and the Derbyshire area. Hosts are supported to welcome an individual in their home, from a few days to a few months. Guests are supported to access the right help and take positive steps forward.


Charity information: Upbeat Communities Ltd

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  • Need


    Those seeking asylum in the UK have experienced untold horrors in their home countries, fled their homes and travelled with great difficulty across the world to find safety here. Yet many find their claims for asylum rejected and are left homeless, penniless and without the right to work or support themselves in the UK. There are various reasons why people are refused asylum in the UK, but having a safe place to stay whilst trying to re-engage with the asylum system is essential.


    Host Derby provides temporary accommodation with volunteer hosts in their own homes, offering a lifeline for vulnerable individuals. Hosts are supported to welcome an individual in their home, from a few days to a few months. Guests are supported to access the right help and re-engage with the asylum system, and move on with their lives. All hosts receive training and are matched with the right person who needs their support. Each host decides how long they host for, and how often they host.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce destitution among asylum seekers


    » Provide hosting with volunteers in their homes

    What success will look like

    A reduction in the numbers of asylum seekers who are destitute across the Derby and Derbyshire region

    Aim 2

    Build community between those seeking sanctuary and the local host community


    » Through training, awareness raising, matching hosts and guests and through community events and activities

    What success will look like

    An increase in the numbers of asylum seekers and local people in Derby and Derbyshire who are engaged in community activities together

  • Impact


    A reduction in the overall levels of deprivation and destitution among asylum seekers in the Derby and Derbyshire region, resulting in increased wellbeing and integration for those seeking sanctuary and increased community cohesion amongst local people and those from refugee communities.
    This will be evidenced by:
    - numbers of asylum seekers removed from destitution
    - feedback from asylum seekers on their experience of improved wellbeing & integration
    - numbers of community events & attendance


    Risks include
    - Health & safety issues of hosting guests in volunteers homes.
    This will be addressed by DBS checks, thorough training, clear communication channels, appropriate insurance, risk assessments, and regular reviews of provision
    - Lack of hosts to support guests.
    This will be addressed by ongoing marketing & publicity (print & online), promotional activities & events, regular training opportunities and a clear application procedure


    Donors can choose to sign up for updates via:
    - website content
    - social media content
    - emails
    - printed newsletters
    - donor letters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,600 Co-ordinator costs 2 days salary @ £21,500
      £400 Volunteer host training 10 sessions x £40.00
      £1,200 Guest travel costs £100 per month
      £1,200 Admin, publicity, printing £100 per month
      £600 DBS costs £12 x 50 checks
  • Background


    Derby has long had an ethnically diverse population. 13.8% are non-UK born, with 7.1% having been resident for less than 10 years (Census 2011). Derby City Council estimate there are 180 nationalities living in the city, with an excess of 71 languages spoken. Derby is an asylum dispersal city, seeing a sharp increase in the number of asylum seekers being housed in the city. Most recent figures for asylum seekers in Derby show over 750 people supported (an increase of 70% on previous years).


    Beneficaries will be:
    - destitute asylum seekers
    - refugees who find themselves destitute when they receive their refugee status and leave their Home Office accommodation (within 28 days)
    - local families and individuals who volunteer as hosts

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Upbeat Communities have been working with refugees and asylum seekers for 12 years, providing welcome, empowerment and integration activities for those seeking sanctuary. We have an experienced team of staff and volunteers who work on a day to day basis with those fleeing war, torture and persecution.
    We are working in partnership with a number of agencies including The British Red Cross, Derby Refugee Advice Centre, Metropolitan Housing, Derby City Mission and Derby City of Sanctuary.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andrew Jackson

    Development Manager for the organisation & will manage the project, providing supervision for staff and will oversee monitoring & evaluation

    Karina Martin

    CEO - will have oversight of the organisation and will guide the direction of the project

    Phil Tomlinson

    Volunteer - lead role in promoting the project and recruiting hosts