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A very big thank you!

by: UKguests on 11th Dec, 2014

small_20160812-154245Cosy Socks.jpg Welcome to our first UKguests newsletter! We'll use these newsletters to keep you informed of all the latest legislation, news and information for our homestay hosts.

Firstly, we wanted to say thank you - not just to those of you who hosted this year, but to each and every one of our homestay hosts over the last nine years. 2015 will see UKguests begin its tenth year of being a reputed provider of temporary accommodation for international students and guests. We could not have achieved this without all of you and we've certainly got an exciting year to look forward to...

We're already geared-up for the New Year, when we'll be making arrangements for hundreds of international students and guests to come and stay in the UK. In addition, we will be running open evenings and events as well as competitions for our homestay hosts and, of course, celebrating our 10th Anniversary with you.

We're always looking for new hosts who can help us to help young people from all over the world experience British culture, improve their English and continue their education. You may have friends or relatives who have expressed interest in being hosts. If this is the case, now is a great time for them to give us a call for a friendly initial chat so please do encourage them to contact us on 0208 558 4466 or inquire online.

Are you Gas Safe?

As the weather turns chillier, this is the time of year when we count our lucky stars that our gas appliances (such as our boiler or our oven) are in good working order. And we certainly feel it if they aren't! But even if your turkey comes out of the oven just the right shade of golden, it doesn't necessarily mean that your gas appliances are safe. Badly or poorly fitted appliances can cause a highly poisonous gas called Carbon Monoxide. Unlike your winter cooking, it can't be smelt, seen or tasted and it can kill quickly, with no warning. As a homestay host, you are legally obliged to get a Gas Safety Certificate every year which demonstrates that any gas appliances in your home have been checked by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You can find Gas Safe Registered Engineers in your area by clicking here and, as always, we're here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. It's a great time of year to do this and make sure you, your family and guests stay safe and toasty-warm all through winter.

Not Just For Christmas...

There's nothing like a real fire roaring in the hearth and twinkling candles at this time of year. It's also not surprising that Christmas is one of the busiest times for your local Fire and Rescue Services. As a homestay host, you're legally obliged to carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment. This may sound complicated but it is actually a simple process which entails identifying any hazards in your home, identifying anyone in your home who may be at risk and keeping an up-to-date record of steps you've taken to increase their safety. To help you, we have put together some further information and an example of a Fire Safety Risk Assessment Checklist which you can download by clicking on the links above. And, of course, the UKguests team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Your local Fire and Rescue teams offer a Fire Check Service - meaning they will come to your house, put smoke alarms up with you, point out hazards, discuss an emergency evacuation plan and help you complete your checklist. And you thought the only person in a red suit visiting you would be Santa...!

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year..

What a fantastic time for international students to be in the UK and witness all the (weird and) wonderful 'winter wonderland' customs that take place here. Not every family celebrates Christmas - and those that do will have their own unique ways of doing it. But there's also plenty to see when out and about - from the lights and decorations, to the many people dressed as Santa to, dare we say it, the odd flake of snow?

The UKguests office will close for Christmas on 22nd December 2014 and reopen on 5th January 2015.

We'll be sending you our next newsletter in January, which will be all about younger students as well as UKguests' policies for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. So until then, whether you are hosting over the Christmas period or whether you are having a break - we wish you a peaceful one. x


I think that it is a good idea that international students live in a British family when they come to England. In this way, students can learn English more easily and practise it all the time.