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8
Jul

Once you submit your application to the Home Office, the Community Sponsorship team will get busy checking to make sure you’ve submitted all of your additional documents, dotted all your I’s and crossed all your T’s. They may come back to you with some clarifying questions (not to worry, this happens to most Community Sponsorship Groups!) and then they’ll get in touch to schedule your pre-approval visit (PAV). What is a PAV? The PAV is a meeting that allows the Home Office to make a more... continue reading (3 min)

30
Jun

Ellie is a member of 2 Community Sponsorship Groups in Cornwall and has more than 20 years' experience in education. A few years ago I moved to Cornwall, where I became part of one of the first Community Sponsorship groups, in Bude. I got involved for a few reasons. First and foremost, I wanted to support refugees. Second, this seemed like a good way to get to know people in my local area (which it has been!). And third, I thought my professional experience could be really useful in this... continue reading (5 min)

30
Jun

This year, Reset will be collaborating with researchers at King’s College London on a project titled 'Evaluating Community Sponsorship in the UK: Building constructive social relationships between refugee families, sponsorship groups and wider communities'. Through focus groups, questionnaires, and visual methods, the project will investigate the types of relationships established between refugee families and Community Sponsorship Groups. Exploring the role of discourse in the development of... continue reading (2 min)

24
Jun

Despite the pandemic, Community Sponsorship Groups are moving forwards with their applications, ready to welcome refugees as soon as flights resume. New Groups are forming around the UK, inspired by the community spirit they've seen grow since lockdown was introduced in the UK. Here's a map showing the location of Groups as of mid-June 2020.  If you're in a Community Sponsorship Group and would like to be connected with other Groups in your area, let us know and we'll happily... continue reading (1 min)

16
Jun

At Reset, we talk a lot about the transformative potential of Community Sponsorship. How it impacts the lives of refugees welcomed into communities in this country, but also how it transforms the lives of those doing the welcoming and brings change to communities. And we know there to be truth in what we say, because people tell us so. Anecdotally, we know that volunteers in Groups can find real purpose in supporting strangers. Through the stories they tell us, we know that Community... continue reading (4 min)

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