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15
Jan

2021 here we come! As far as starts to the new year go, it's fair to say that this one was not the best. But the third national lockdown has not stopped Community Sponsorship Groups! More than 10 Groups across the country are getting ready to welcome the first refugees to arrive in the UK since March last year, while new Groups continue to form across the UK. If you want to get involved in your local Community Sponsorship Group, get in touch and we'll connect you.... continue reading (2 min)

5
Jan

Our Co-Director, Kate, reflects on Reset’s experiences exploring new forms of community-led welcome Community Sponsorship can transform the lives of refugees and volunteers. As Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UNHCR’s UK representative, says: “Community sponsorship is transformative. It provides refugee families with a support network to help them adapt, learn and become independent more quickly. But it also has a real effect on local volunteers, binding them together in a common cause and... continue reading (5 min)

21
Dec

A lot of Community Sponsorship groups ask us how they can maximise their impact. Here are some suggestions for New Year’s resolutions for groups looking to do just that (whether you’ve welcomed a family yet or not!). 1. Engage your wider community Start talking to more people in your local area about why you’re sponsoring refugees. For example, could your Community Sponsorship group speak at an assembly at your local school? Is there an annual celebration in your village/town/city where... continue reading (2 min)

21
Dec

For people who celebrate Christmas, December is always a month of anticipation and preparation. This December, more than 10 Community Sponsorship Groups across the country are also getting ready to finally welcome refugee families into their communities. Over January and February we're hoping to see the first arrivals to the UK since the resettlement flights were stopped back in March! If you want to get involved in your local Community Sponsorship Group, get in touch... continue reading (2 min)

7
Dec

Dr Kate Brown, Reset's Co-Director, welcomes a generous donation from US philanthropist Ed Shapiro to create the new Community Sponsorship Backstop Fund. In this blog, she explains what this fund is and how it will help Community Sponsorship to grow in the UK.  On Sunday, US philanthropist Ed Shapiro pledged £1 million to launch a special fund aimed at encouraging growth in the UK’s Community Sponsorship Scheme. The fund will reduce the financial exposure of Lead Sponsors by... continue reading (3 min)

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