Community Sponsorship Assembly and Council

4 June 2019

This summer, Reset is calling the UK’s first annual UK Community Sponsorship Assembly. The event will bring together members of Community Sponsorship Groups from across the country to share experiences, learn from each other, hear about developments in the scheme, and shape the sponsorship movement in the UK.

The Assembly will be hosted by Reset and the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, and will be held at 3pm on the 4th of July, on the University of Birmingham Campus (Room 108, University House, Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2TY). 

The Assembly will include election of members to the UK Community Sponsorship Council, also launched by Reset this year.

The Council will:

  • Represent the diversity of views and concerns amongst Community Sponsorship Groups
  • Provide advice to Reset and the Home Office on the future development of the Community Sponsorship scheme and the movement for sponsorship in the UK
  • Plan future annual Community Sponsorship Assemblies to enable sharing of experiences and participation in the sponsorship movement
  • Meet 3 times a year, including once at the annual Assembly, chaired by a Council member elected by the Council, and supported by Reset acting as Secretariat

How can you get involved?

Attend the first UK Community Sponsorship Assembly 

The Assembly will form part of the University of Birmingham’s research launch event: ‘Community Sponsorship in the UK: challenges, opportunities and solutions’.

Through attending the hour-long Assembly you will:

  • Meet other Community Sponsorship Group members from a range of contexts and at different stages in the Community Sponsorship journey
  • Share experiences
  • Feedback to Reset and the Home Office on key current issues
  • Play an active role in the national Community Sponsorship movement
  • Have the opportunity to elect members of the Community Sponsorship Council 
  • This year we will be focusing particularly on developments to the Community Sponsorship scheme and what this means for members of Community Sponsorship groups.

The University of Birmingham event runs from 10am to 4pm on 4th July, and the Assembly is at 3pm.

If you’re not available to attend the full University of Birmingham event, you can still attend the Assembly.

Nominate candidates for the Community Sponsorship Council elections

The Council will have approximately 8 members, including:

  • A representative from each Community Sponsorship Hub*
  • Up to three members from different Community Sponsorship Groups, elected by the Assembly for an annual term

*A Community Sponsorship Hub is a charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) that offers support and advice to Community Sponsorship Groups.  As key players in the development of Community Sponsorship, each Hub will automatically be represented on the Council, if they wish to accept this role.

It is important that a range of voices from across the Community Sponsorship sector are heard. That includes Groups that have just submitted their first application as well as Groups that have welcomed and supported refugee families. It includes Groups in big cities and Groups in tiny villages. We want the Community Sponsorship Council to represent the diversity that we see in the Community Sponsorship movement. 

Reset welcomes nominations for candidates for election to the Council. Those elected at the Assembly on 4th July will remain members of the Council until the next Assembly (approximately one year). You can nominate yourself, or you can nominate someone else. If you are nominating someone else, please make sure that they consent to being nominated and to having their contact details shared with Reset. You, or the person you nominate, must be:

  • a current member of a Community Sponsorship group that has submitted their application to the Home Office, or is in the first year of supporting a family

The nominee must also be willing and able to:

  • attend 3 meetings each year, at least two of which will be in central London (reasonable travel costs,  booked through Reset, can be covered by Reset)
  • share their experience of being a Community Sponsorship Group member and represent the views of other Group members
  • help shape the future of Community Sponsorship in the UK through constructive advice to Reset and the Home Office
  • take part in planning the annual Community Sponsorship Assembly, and any other forms of consultation and engagement that the Council plans

To nominate yourself or someone else to be a member of the Council, please complete the form here by 16th June 2019.

Register to vote for Community Sponsorship Council members

If you are a member of a Community Sponsorship Group that has submitted an application or has welcomed a family in the last twelve months, you are eligible as a voting participant at the Assembly. This means that you will be eligible to elect Community Sponsorship Council members who will steer the future planning and development of the Annual Community Sponsorship Assembly.  

To register to cast your vote for Council members in person at the Assembly, please complete the form here by midday on 3rd July. 

If you are unable to attend the assembly, you can vote by email. To register to cast your vote for Council members by email, please complete the form here by midday on 26th June.

The voting system

Details of nominated candidates will be circulated to all those registered to vote by 28th June. Up to three Council members will be elected. When casting your vote, you will be asked to choose three council members and rate these in terms of preference from 1-3 (1 being the highest).  Votes will be scored, and the three candidates with the highest number of points will be elected to the Council.  In the event of a draw, those with a joint score will go through a further round of voting (only those attending the Assembly and voting in person will be able to take part in any second round).

Forms to nominate candidates for & register to vote in the Community Sponsorship Council elections:


Community Sponsorship Assembly and Council is also published in Reset UK on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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