Anneke Elwes

After 20 years of running a market research consultancy and 6 years of voluntary work in the refugee sector, Anneke took an MA at SOAS specialising in ‘humanitarianism at home’ and the private practice of hosting refugees and asylum seekers. She set up Host Nation in Spring 2017, which makes it easier for others to befriend asylum seekers.  Anneke realised that there were many ordinary people, like her, who want to help and offer friendship, but don't know how. Host Nation provides a simple mechanism for bringing citizens and refugees together in local communities through small acts of kindness, hospitality and companionship.

Anneke first worked with refugees as a volunteer through ICRC in refugee camps for Vietnamese boat people in SE Asia back in the 1980s. More recently Anneke has been a volunteer member of staff at Freedom from Torture (formerly The Medical Foundation). Host Nation was inspired by Freedom from Torture holiday scheme where approx. 100 clients, which Annek co-ran, her research for MA degree dissertation and her involvement in co-founding Camden City of Sanctuary, a grassroots refugee support network.

www.hostnation.org.uk/

Anneke Elwes's Project

London is one of the greatest and most potentially inclusive places on earth, but it has become two cities. For refugees and asylum seekers, it can be intimidating, lonely and isolating. Today’s refugees are facing unprecedented challenges, and existing services are struggling to cope.  Cities across the UK are crying out for social integration projects […]

Anneke Elwes's Tweets

A sense of solidarity linked us @RefugeeTogether rally at Parliament Square yesterday 🧡 Great to see so many like-minded people standing #TogetherWithRefugees and protesting the #AntiRefugeeBill. Proud to be in this coalition of over 300 orgs calling for a kinder approach.

Will you be at the @RefugeesTogether London rally tomorrow, 4.30 in Parliament Square, to show #WhoWeAre as the #nationalityandbordersbill is being debated at Committee Stage @HouseofCommons? If you can't be there, see below 👇

Week of action starts today calling on the govt for a fairer deal for refugees. The #AntiRefugeeBill will punish not protect.

Do: join London rally Wed 20 Oct Parliament Sq. 16.30 http://bit.ly/3j2UITH
Do: follow @RefugeeTogether for events
Do: share #TogetherWithRefugees

Landmark ruling from high court that victims of trafficking can stay in UK - important milestone. 🧡 #WhoWeAre

Trafficking victims should be granted leave to remain in UK, high court rules https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/oct/12/trafficking-victims-should-be-granted-leave-to-remain-in-uk-high-court-rules

Next Monday is the start of the Week of Action with events up and down the country calling for a more compassionate approach to refugees. #TogetherWithRefugees #RefugeesWelcome #WhoWeAre We're adding events as they come in so do check back. https://togetherwithrefugees.org.uk/local-events/

Join us and support young refugees in activities or from home!
Looking for:
🌱Casework assistants - Croydon and Brent
🌱Comms volunteer
🌱Youth Club Volunteer - Brent
🌱Hub Volunteers - Croydon and Brent
Please share! All the info you need ➡️https://youngroots.org.uk/vacancies/

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