Refugees Welcome Hounslow

We are a registered charity formed of local community volunteers, helping refugees and asylum seekers in Hounslow, west London, U.K.


Read on below to find out what we do, how to support us, and how to collaborate with us.

Our story

In 2016, we, as a group of concerned Hounslow residents, met out of a sense of moral obligation to help vulnerable migrants, and out of a need to support limited local government capacity. We decided that a community group should be formed. It would be similar to many other “Refugees Welcome” groups in neighbouring boroughs.


We are purely volunteer-run, by a team of local residents who each give up some of their time away from their own daily work and family commitments, to help refugees and asylum seekers in Hounslow. We are limited in what we can do, sadly. For services beyond our scope, we try to guide people to appropriate partner organisations that may be in a better position to help.


The idea of forming a Refugees Welcome group was fostered by Hounslow Friends of Faith — this is Hounslow’s interfaith group with whom Refugees Welcome Hounslow still has close, strong ties to this day. We are proud to keep that interfaith spirit of cooperation and mutual multicultural support and friendship alive in everything we do.



What we do

Support Hounslow Borough council to settle refugees

  • 40+ refugee households will have been welcomed by the end of 2023
  • Providing clothes, mobile devices, bicycles and other household essentials
  • Assisting with work, college, and school opportunities
  • Assisting access to local health and other community services
  • Understanding and empathising with migrants’ needs, amplifying their voices through campaigning
  • Forming neighbourly bonds and friendships, helping migrants find dignity in their lives

Help asylum seekers in temporary accommodation

  • Providing clothes, mobile devices, bicycles and other household essentials to migrants
  • Supporting access to college, school, and other educational and career development opportunities
  • Assisting access to local health and other community services
  • Understanding and empathising with migrants’ needs, and amplifying voices through campaigning
  • Forming neighbourly bonds and friendships, helping migrants find dignity in their lives
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Key dates for RWH events

  • Tuesday 19 March 2024 - Annual General Meeting (public event - see invitation here)
    • Update on asylum seeker and refugee arrivals, conditions in contingency hotels, and the evictions crisis
    • Guidance on donations and how you can help
    • Presentations from
      • Kelly O’Neill (Director of Public Health, Hounslow)
      • Hilal Yazan (Citizens UK)



  • Sunday 21 April 2024 - social (invite only)
    • Bring and share food
    • Play, relax, have fun and socialise


Donate

Donations of less than £200

Please use our JustGiving page to donate online.

Donations of more than £200

Contact us at treasurer.rwh@gmail.com and we will advise you on how to make a bank transfer.

To give clothes, laptops, mobile phones, bicycles, and other household items to our arrivals

Contact us

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Resources

See our online knowledge base to access:




  • info about our donors


  • operational guides for partners, and for wider public awareness about what we do