Blogs

19
Nov

This has been quite a month for the Community Sponsorship movement. We’ve had the announcement of the restart of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and the launch of the Communities for Refugees campaign. If that wasn’t enough good news, we’ve also seen new Groups forming across the UK. We can’t wait for what the next month is going to bring! If you want to get involved in your local Community Sponsorship, get in touch and we'll connect you.  If you... continue reading (2 min)

2
Nov

We know that members of Community Sponsorship Groups are incredibly committed and give significant time as well as expertise, baked good, funds and a whole range of other assets towards transforming the lives of refugees. (Though they don’t tend to see it like that, instead typically starting sentences with ‘We just…’!) But we’re also aware that we don’t know as much as we’d like to about the incredible volunteers we work to support. And that understanding is important if we’re to work... continue reading (5 min)

16
Oct

The Community Sponsorship movement continues to be a source of good news in times when those can be hard to come by. Despite the difficult circumstances we are all facing, new individuals and Groups continue to join the movement each month.  If you want to get involved in your local Community Sponsorship, get in touch and we'll connect you.  And if you're already in a Community Sponsorship Group and would like to be connected with other Groups in your area,... continue reading (2 min)

2
Oct

Paul Hutchings co-founded Refugee Support Europe 4 years ago after his experiences volunteering in Calais moved him to act. This year, Refugee Support Europe set up their first Community Sponsorship Group in Birmingham. Community Sponsorship is something a little bit different for us at Refugee Support Europe. The focus of our work has been on filling the gaps in crisis situations that other agencies aren’t able to fill. We’ve recruited over 1000 volunteers from more than 40 countries to... continue reading (5 min)

24
Sep

I’m the Resettlement Coordinator at Devon County Council, which means that I oversee Local Authority resettlement across Devon and act as the contact for Community Sponsorship Groups. When the Community Sponsorship programme was launched in 2016, it enabled people in the UK to sponsor refugees for the first time. Several communities in Devon mobilised really quickly. Back then we were in uncharted territory – the scheme was brand new. But at Devon County Council we quickly recognised that the... continue reading (4 min)

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