Thinking about the end of your support is one of the first things we encourage all hosts to do when planning their support for refugees. It may feel strange to start thinking about the end of your support offer before a guest even arrives, but planning for the end of your support is just as important as planning for the initial welcome.
Hosts in this programme are asked to commit to at least six months of hosting someone in their home. Six months may feel like a long commitment when thinking through whether you’re comfortable having someone come stay in your home or property, however, it’s not long in terms of moving to a new country, getting your bearings, possibly finding a job and moving on to different accommodation. This is why it’s so important to be clear with your guest early on about how long they can stay with you and how you plan to change your support over time.
It’s important that sponsors can commit to at least six months of hosting. If you know that you can only host for six months – maybe you’ve planned to move house or you have other family coming to stay – then be clear about this from the beginning. Your guest should not learn that they need to move after six months at month four – give them plenty of time to make plans.
If you also plan to change aspects of your support over time, you can communicate this to your guest. Be sure to let them know when you plan to stop different kinds of support.
Other things to consider:
We can’t pretend that there isn’t a housing crisis in the UK. However, there are some tools and tips to be aware of when you are supporting your guests to find the accommodation they will need to move to.
Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people out there who will seek to make money out of others however they can. Do work with newcomers to help them be wary of anything that sounds too good to be true.
You can outline that: