Blogs

16
Oct

The Community Sponsorship movement continues to be a source of good news in times when those can be hard to come by. Despite the difficult circumstances we are all facing, new individuals and Groups continue to join the movement each month.  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,... continue reading (2 min)

2
Oct

Paul Hutchings co-founded Refugee Support Europe 4 years ago after his experiences volunteering in Calais moved him to act. This year, Refugee Support Europe set up their first Community Sponsorship Group in Birmingham. Community Sponsorship is something a little bit different for us at Refugee Support Europe. The focus of our work has been on filling the gaps in crisis situations that other agencies aren’t able to fill. We’ve recruited over 1000 volunteers from more than 40 countries to... continue reading (5 min)

24
Sep

I’m the Resettlement Coordinator at Devon County Council, which means that I oversee Local Authority resettlement across Devon and act as the contact for Community Sponsorship Groups. When the Community Sponsorship programme was launched in 2016, it enabled people in the UK to sponsor refugees for the first time. Several communities in Devon mobilised really quickly. Back then we were in uncharted territory – the scheme was brand new. But at Devon County Council we quickly recognised that the... continue reading (4 min)

22
Sep

It’s September, and although the days are rapidly getting shorter and colder, Community Sponsorship Groups are not losing their momentum. More than 250 Groups all over the UK are preparing to welcome or already supporting a refugee family. As we keep hearing more and more stories of people trying cross the Channel in search of safety, the spirit of welcome embodied by the Community Sponsorship movement is as relevant as ever. If you want to get involved in your local Community... continue reading (2 min)

16
Sep

Catherine Griffiths founder of Croeso Menai, the first Community Sponsorship Group in North Wales. In March 2020, a Syrian refugee family was supposed to arrive in Anglesey. We’d sponsored them to come here. We’d found them a home, stocked the fridge with fresh food, made the beds. One day before they were due to travel, their flight was cancelled due to the pandemic. The family’s chance to rebuild their lives had been put on hold and their limbo continued. I understand why flights were... continue reading (5 min)

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