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.

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

Inspirational #volunteer story from our referrer @Care4Calais of a couple who have hosted over 100 refugees.🧡🧡🧡
As we at HostNation know from our amazing befrienders, there are so many wonderful people out there standing #TogetherWithRefugees and saying no to hatred.

Calling all refugee support services in #London and #Teesside: do refer your clients to us for friendship, we have a list of lovely befrienders checked and ready to step up.🧡

Our referral process is simple:

We’re very much looking forward to Hilly Fields Fayre on Saturday July 17. From midday until 5.00pm. With weather looking great, why not join us for the Refugee Café picnic, enjoy a delicious selection of our products & browse local arts & crafts stalls? #HillyFields @Broc_Soc

Well said @Care4Calais - we couldn't agree more.🧡

Our HostNation refugee friends tell us all the time how simple acts of kindness from their befrienders make them feel welcome and relevant here.🥰
#TogetherWithRefugees #WhoWeAre

Big congratulations to Kobi, a HostNation friend whose family have finally been able to join her.🧡 Lovely to get good news at a bleak time for those seeking sanctuary here. #TogetherWithRefugees #RefugeesWelcome

We like this refugee story-gathering exercise from @IMIX_UK 🧡 Do take part if your family has a story to tell about settling in the UK.

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