Ways to Help


Being a place of hospitality is at the core of the vision of St Ethelwold’s House as a welcoming spiritual centre, founded in Christianity and open to all who come.  The Fellowship earns money to carry out its programme of activities by renting rooms for bed and breakfast.

The Trustees have made available at least one room on a permanent basis for use by sanctuary seekers in need of a place of refuge.  St Ethelwold’s can also, from time to time, provide emergency accommodation for refugees or asylum seekers when rooms are available.

A fund has been established to pay for this accommodation and to provide practical support, such as free English lessons, to sanctuary seekers who are our guests.  Donating to the fund is a very practical way you can support the work of Host Abingdon.

We aim to raise £5000 a year.

If you would like to donate please click to download the Sanctuary Seekers Donation Form.


Refugees and asylum seekers are in need of practical support to help their integration into our communities.

English lessons are a priority and Host Abingdon provides free lessons with professionally qualified teachers of English as a foreign language. We also have local Arabic speakers who help with interpretation.

Other help is welcome.  Our guests have lost everything and the hand of friendship, going for a walk, cycling or even fishing, are small things that make a difference.  Other people have offered food.

Please let us know if you would like to join our team of volunteers.