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

Name

Organisation

Nick Coke

Salvation Army

Gordon East

CHARIS

Ffion Evans

Migrants Organise

Hannah Feldman

Sponsor Refugees

Bob Goldsmith (Elected at the Community Sponsorship Asssembly 2019)

Muswell Hill Methodist Church (Community Sponsorship Group)

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?

The minutes from the meetings will be published here. The first Council meeting was held on 9th October 2019 and the minutes will be published in due course. 

If you want to respond to any of the issues discussed in the minutes, contact the Chair of the Council, Father Gareth Jones, on refugeecoordinator@chelmsford.anglican.org

 

Elected Members 2019-2020

Bob Goldsmith
As the son of a sponsored German-Jewish refugee who arrived here in 1939 as a young boy from Berlin, Bob welcomed the opportunity to reciprocate this support as an early pioneer in the resettlement of Syrian families Alongside valued colleagues, he was key to establishment of ‘Muswell Hill Methodist Church Welcomes Syrian Families’ whose family arrived in March 2018. They are now relishing life in North London. He has actively experienced each stage of the resettlement process, its challenges and pleasures, and now serves as an ambassador for Citizens UK encouraging and supporting new groups of volunteers. Discovering so many new skills through the project, and, through meeting refugee families, learning something of the Muslim faith, has been life-changing. His work career was in local government, managing political decision-making with senior councillors and co-ordinating services at a neighbourhood level in partnership with residents’ groups. Roles included leading estate regeneration, commissioning youth programmes and community development. Studying more recently for an MA in European Jewish History awakened his interest in the lives of refugees. Providing opportunity for Syrian families here to shape and influence provision of the services they receive here in the UK, and their agency in decision making, will be central to his thinking.
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.