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 […]

Anneke Elwes's Tweets

Great to see our #Teesside partners @IPCCharity featured on the ITV news @itvtynetees talking about our launch in the North East. Hoping that will bring in lots of lovely Teessiders as refugee befrienders!😊

Warmest wishes for Eid to all our Muslim befriendees and supporters, with special thoughts for those who are separated from their families at this time.

#EidMubarak #WhoWeAre #TogetherWithRefugees

We’re delighted and proud to be part of #TogetherWithRefugees - a brand new coalition launching today, with 100+ organisations calling for an approach to supporting refugees that is kinder, fairer and more effective. Show support for the new coalition by retweeting. #WhoWeAre.

We're so grateful to @giffgaff community for donating 9 smart phones, 2 mini media pads, simcards and data for our refugee and asylum seeker friends. Thank you for helping to bridge the #digitaldivide. #RefugeesWelcome #giffgaffgivesback

We believe every refugee deserves a friend.

If you'd like to try befriending, we'd love to hear from you. 🤗 Recruiting now across London and #Teesside - please share.
@Care4Calais #RefugeesWelcome #volunteer

Giving people seeking asylum the right to work keeps them from destitution and could save our government nearly £100 million a year. HostNation supports the @RefugeeAction call to #LifttheBan. Tell your MP it's time to act:

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