Community Sponsorship in the UK - August 2020

18 August 2020

The Community Sponsorship movement doesn’t take holidays! In August we’ve seen new Community Sponsorship Groups forming and others submitting their applications and getting approved by the Home Office.

This month there's been much focus in the media on the number of people crossing the channel, seeking safety in the UK. This clearly demonstrates the urgent need for resettlement programmes like Community Sponsorship which offer refugees safe and legal routes to the UK. The more people sponsor refugees, the more refugees can access this safe route. 

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, let us know and we'll happily introduce you.  

Here's a map showing the locations of all Community Sponsorship Groups as of mid-August 2020. This includes Groups who are just getting started right through to Groups who have already welcomed refugee families. 

Which regions have most Community Sponsorship Groups relative to their population? We have a change in the lead! The South West has taken over London and now is at the top of our list. Here is how the Top 3 looks like:

1. South West

2. London

3. Wales

It’s extremely close between the South West and London, one Group forming over the next month may mean another change in the lead. Will that be you? In the competition for the podium Wales is still just ahead of the North West. Check with us in a month to see how this develops!

Community Sponsorship in the UK - August 2020 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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