We're back with a rebrand!

We first launched in 2015 as the Spread The Word Campaign. This summer, we have relaunched with a fresh look, feel, projects - and name!

Introducing Book Refuge

Book Refuge aims to make literature more accessible for those who have been made homeless.

We have the same overall mission as before, but have rebranded and changed our name to better reflect our values - and to avoid any confusion with the existing charity Spread The Word.

Book Refuge works with homeless services to start mini-libraries for their clients, as well as provides resources on how to engage clients with literature. We believe that books can act as a great "refuge" from daily struggles, no matter who you are or what you are going through.

Get Involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved with Book Refuge.

We are always looking to work with people who share our values. Get in touch with us at with your thoughts and suggestions.

What we are looking for:

  1. Homeless services in London who would like to receive book donations for a mini-library

  2. People and organisations who can donate books in bulk

  3. People and organisations who can help with book donation deliveries

  4. Authors, writers and creative writing experts to consult on workshops

  5. Businesses that can open a public book donation point on their premises

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If you are concerned about someone you have seen sleeping rough, please report them online at or download the app to refer someone.

You can even call 0300 500 091 or 999 in the case of an emergency.

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