5 Fun Ways to Support Refugees from your Sofa


We know the pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone, no matter who you are or where you live. But we also know that certain groups, including refugees and people seeking asylum, have been hit extra hard.

By now, we’ve all run out of ideas for online quiz’s so we’ve pulled together a list of 5 fun, alternative activities you can do from your sofa (okay, for one of them you need to venture to your kitchen!)

And bonus! - all of these activities in some way support refugees. That's a win/win/win in our book. 

So, why not give them a swirl! 


  • 1. Learn a Language

    With NaTakallam’s online language lessons, you can learn a language while providing a direct income to refugees. They offer Arabic, French, Persian, and Spanish lessons delivered by teachers who are themselves refugees. Whether you’re a total newbie or want to advance your skills, it’s the perfect way to become a seasoned linguist. Learn more here

  • 2. Go Shopping

    Have you heard of Anqa? It’s an amazing online marketplace where you can buy amazing products from refugee-led businesses, including handmade mindfulness puzzles, fashion, and many tasty food products. Many of the entrepreneurs have graduated from Ice Academy which we run in partnership with TERN (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network).

  • 3. Join TimePeace’s Online Community

    The wonderful folks at TimePeace help connect locals, refugees, and people seeking asylum in the UK. Their online Slack community is a fun and safe space for anyone to chat or join weekly activities like meditation or their book club. Or join one of their online speed friending events. Learn more here

  • 4. Get Cooking with Migrateful

    If it has to do with great food, we’re in. Migrateful’s amazing refugee and migrant chefs are run online cookery classes so you can learn delicious new recipes to try in your own kitchen. Sign up for a class here.

  • 5. Watch some comedy!

    The No Direction Home comedy programme has been running hilarious online comedy nights throughout the pandemic. Hosted by comedian and founder Tom Parry and with a line of amazing up and coming comedic talent (plus some very famous names!) we can guarantee you’ll have a good time! Like their Facebook page so you don’t miss out on the next event.


There's never been a more important time to support each other. And when it's this fun and easy, there's no reason not to!