Blogs

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)

16
Jun

It’s been just over 4 years since the first refugee family arrived in the UK through the Community Sponsorship scheme. The successful development of a new programme always depends upon independent and thorough evaluation, which is why we are so excited by the University of Birmingham’s research into Community Sponsorship. In this blog, we share how we’ve adapted to address their recommendations, and what plans we have in place to continue to adapt. 1. Expanding the types of training... continue reading (4 min)

4
Jun

Jackie McLoughlin, founder of the Sutton Deanery Community Sponsorship Group, has been recognised by the Queen for her work to bring a Syrian refugee family to the UK and support their resettlement. Jackie was awarded Maundy Money in an 800-year-old tradition which sees people doing outstanding work in their communities recognised by the reigning monarch on Maundy Thursday. We spoke to Jackie to find out what Community Sponsorship means to her and why she believes that more people should be... continue reading (5 min)

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