1. Look out for each other One of the most amazing things about Community Sponsorship is that it brings people together from different generations, different countries and different backgrounds. Have a think about whether there’s anyone in your Group who might be alone this Christmas – maybe they’re an older person? Or maybe they can’t afford flights hometo their family in another country? Look out for them. Is there a way you can brighten up their Christmas? Perhaps there’s room for... continue reading (4 min)


Ahmad Alkosani tells us about his experience of being sponsored as a refugee student to Canada and how the World University Service of Canada changed his life.  When I arrived in Sault Ste Marie, a Canadian town in northern Ontario, my first thought was, ‘This is going to be hard.’ It’s a new language, a new culture.  I was supposed to start college in just 6 days. ‘How am I going to adjust?’ I asked myself. But then students from Sault College — my new college — ... continue reading (4 min)


With so many different ways to support refugees, it can be difficult to know how you can make the best use of your time. We asked a Community Sponsorship Group member in London what made him choose to give his time and energy to Community Sponsorship. The level of impact that we’re having is something that we’ve debated as a Community Sponsorship Group. We’re all very conscious that we’ve put a huge amount of effort into helping 1 family.  That’s 4 people.  In the lower... continue reading (4 min)


Nearly 2 months into our Community Sponsorship networking series, we wanted to share the key themes that have emerged from networking events in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Bedford. We’ve been running our Community Sponsorship networking events for a little under 2 months, with more to come, and in this time we’ve been hearing from Community Sponsorship Groups about their experience on the journey. Whilst we know that neighbourhoods and communities across the UK are so... continue reading (4 min)


Alaa Khattab, founder of Bermondsey Welcomes Refugees, reflects upon the tragic news of the deaths of 39 people trying to make their way to the UK. He explains how this underlines the importance of the Community Sponsorship scheme and the new global focus of the scheme. It wasn’t far from where I live in Essex that the bodies of 39 people were found in a lorry. Like so many people in the UK, my mind keeps returning to this horrendous event. Although we don’t yet know the specific stories... continue reading (5 min)