Blogs

18
Aug

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... continue reading (2 min)

3
Aug

We’re looking to understand more about the impact of Community Sponsorship on the sponsors themselves. What do you learn by becoming a sponsor? What do you gain? We hear lots of sponsors talk about how doing Community Sponsorship has changed them, but we don’t often get the specifics. We’ve designed this survey for sponsors to take when they reach the end of the Sponsor Agreement (one year after welcoming a refugee family) to get a better insight. We hope that this will be a tool for... continue reading (3 min)

3
Aug

Sam, a refugee from Syria, arrived in the UK in 2017 through the Community Sponsorship scheme. In this blog he shares his Community Sponsorship story.  There’s a Sunday morning I’ll never forget. I was volunteering near Oxford Street with Greenlight to offer support to people sleeping rough – food, hot drinks, basic medical care and signposting to the nearest services. My friend and I came across a guy in his early twenties, around the same age as us. I offered him food and... continue reading (5 min)

23
Jul

This article first appeared in the Oxford Mail. You can read it here. Two years ago I arrived at Gatwick airport with my wife and baby son having fled the conflict in Syria. We were met by our community sponsors who had volunteered to support my family as we rebuilt our lives in Oxford. Their support has been life-changing for me and my family. Just two years into our new lives here, we’re speaking English, working, and now supporting other vulnerable people in Oxford... continue reading (5 min)

16
Jul

Inspired by the community spirit that has grown in the UK in recent months, new Community Sponsorship Groups are forming to sponsor refugees so that they can reach safety in the UK.  Here's a map showing the locations of all Community Sponsorship Groups as of mid-July 2020. This includes Groups who are just getting started right through to Groups who have already welcomed refugee families.  If you want to get involved in your local Community Sponsorship... continue reading (2 min)

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