The Community Sponsorship Council

The Community Sponsorship Council represents the views and ideas of Community Sponsorship Groups to Reset and the Home Office.

Who is on the Council?

The Council is made up of:

  • Three members of Community Sponsorship Groups that are elected at the Annual Community Sponsorship Assembly
  • Representatives from the organisations who have acted as Lead Sponsor for two or more Community Sponsorship applications

Members of the Council for the year October 2019-2020



Nick Coke

Salvation Army

Simon Cook

King's Arms Project

Lisa Westlake


Ffion Evans

Migrants Organise

Hannah Feldman

Sponsor Refugees

Fr Gareth Jones (Elected at the Community Sponsorship Assembly 2019)

Refugee Welcome Dagenham (Community Sponsorship Group)

Azim Kidwai 

Mercy Mission

Domenica Pecoraro (Elected at the Community Sponsorship Assembly 2019)

Canterbury Welcomes Refugees (Community Sponsorship Group)

Mark Wiggin 

Caritas Social Action Network

You can read more about the elected members of the Community Sponsorship Council at the bottom of this page. 

If you are a member of a Community Sponsorship Group and you would like the opportunity to sit on the Council, you will need to nominate yourself ahead of the next Assembly. To be notified when nominations open, make sure you sign up for Reset's newsletter. 

What does the Council do?

The Council meets at least three times a year. At the meetings the Council gives feedback to Reset and the Home Office on the Community Sponsorship scheme and generates ideas for the development of Community Sponsorship. 

The Council also plans the Annual Community Sponsorship Assembly. To make sure that you hear about the Community Sponsorship Assembly 2020, sign up for Reset's newsletter.

I have a Community Sponsorship issue that I want to raise. How can I contact the Council?

You should raise issues with the Council that are about overall functioning of the Community Sponsorship scheme. If your concern relates to your application, or the family you are supporting, you should raise this with your Lead Sponsor or Reset.

To contact the Council, you can:

How can I find out what was discussed at the Council?

Find summaries of the meetings below:

Meeting 09.10.2019 

Meeting 11.12.2019

Meeting 25.03.2020

If you want to respond to any of the issues discussed in the minutes, contact the Chair of the Council, Father Gareth Jones, on


Elected Members 2019-2020

Domenica Pecoraro
Domenica has been the Kent Refugee Officer for the Diocese of Canterbury since 2016, and is a Trustee and volunteer at Canterbury Welcomes Refugee Prior to this, Domenica lived in Tower Hamlets, East London, where she worked on a variety of social cohesion projects for the charity sector. Domenica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Salerno and a Master’s Degree in Social Research Methods from the University of Kent. "I fell in love with Community Sponsorship when launched in July 2016. CS is charged by everyday advocacy. It is the mean for people to live up to a narrative of solidarity across the UK. I organised round tables on with stakeholders and regional events in Kent since 2017. I facilitated Community Sponsorship awareness sessions in churches and living rooms. I am part of Canterbury Welcomes Refugees and support agencies with VPRS. I am aware of the challenges and rewards that Community Sponsorship unpacks for refugee and local families. I am here offering my passion and knowledge to the benefit of communities across the world."
Fr Gareth Jones
I am a parish priest in East London and Chair of Refugee Welcome Dagenham. I am also the Refugee Coordinator for the Church of England in Essex and East London and oversee refugee engagement and resettlement for the Diocese of Chelmsford. The Church of England is a key partner in Community Sponsorship and I hope to be able to contribute to the Community Sponsorship Council from the perspective of this partnership and with the experience of chairing and project coordinating one of the early Community Sponsorship Schemes and assisting in founding others.