Hill House offers ‘sanctuary breaks’ for refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking and torture

We welcome sanctuary seekers to stay in the house, with volunteers ‘hosts’ , and enjoy the space together in any way you wish for up to a week at a time.  

Daily experience in the city for anyone without basic security is hard.  People who have fled conflict or persecution in their country of origin can often feel anxious and overwhelmed by the difficulty of securing protection in the UK.   If granted refugee status it is still a struggle to settle in to a strange culture and a new country that can sometimes be unwelcoming or actively hostile.

The quiet beauty of the Cotswold countryside, of Hill House and its garden, allows friends to  relax and feel at home, and to reconnect with more peaceful times in their lives.  We trust that after a few days here, visitors will return rested and resourced for the next stage of their journey.

If you or your group is interested in using the house in this way, please contact me!

A Local Welcome

We hear about the hostile environment that the government has tried to create towards migrants.  But it is so good to see how, from the beginning of this project in 2016, local residents in surrounding villages have responded generously, supporting the intention to help people find safety in our midst.

Friends drop in to prepare meals, assist with transport, take visitors on local walks, join shared meals, or do garden or craft activities together.

We meet as equals and hear as much or little of each others stories as we wish to tell.  Guests to the house, who are seeking safety in the UK,  are touched and encouraged by the welcome they find here.  Over a few days, together with people who have had to leave their first home, we create an significant sense of family, in just a few days together.

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