Welcome House was established in 2020 with the primary aim to welcome and offer emotional and practical support to asylum seekers in Hull. The founder is an asylum seeker who has many years’ experience of supporting other refugees and asylum seekers, and has support from the City Council and others. A city centre building is being leased to provide a central location for the charity, and this includes a number of rooms, open space, a kitchen and social activities area. Welcome House provides befriending and emotional support, practical help with food and clothes, and runs a range of activities and classes for people to participate in. More than 250 asylum seekers and refugees are being supported.
The Allen Lane Foundation has agreed funding of £4,000 towards the salary costs of a coordinator to manage the work. This was at the June 2021 Trustee meeting.