Blogs

29
May

After your Community Sponsorship Group welcomes a family to your neighbourhood, you can receive visits from the Home Office to see how your Group and the family you're supporting are settling in. This is part of the formal Sponsor Agreement that you make with the Home Office.  As of May 2020, the Reset team are taking over the running of these Post-Arrival Support Visits. By doing these visits ourselves, we’re hoping that we can better support Groups with... continue reading (3 min)

29
May

1. Choose your platforms As a general rule, we recommend using Facebook for raising awareness locally and Twitter for joining national (or international!) conversations. But, like all general rules, there are many exceptions so don’t be bound by this distinction. You know your local area best and if you know that there are lots of local conversations happening on Twitter, follow your instincts! If your volunteers already heavily use one platform, prioritise the use of that... continue reading (5 min)

22
May

Refugee Week is taking place from 15th-21st June 2020 and the theme is ‘imagine’. We're working with Sponsor Refugees and CHARIS to ask you to Recruit a Sponsor, Welcome a Stranger. We've got 3 activities prepared to support you to raise awareness of Community Sponsorship so that more people become sponsors and go on to welcome refugees. This blog post explains how to get involved in our children's activity, 'How do you welcome a new neighbour?' Find out about the other... continue reading (3 min)

21
May

Abdullah arrived in the UK as a Syrian refugee in 2017 with only a few words of English. 10 months later, he had passed his theory and practical driving tests, giving him vital independence and freedom and allowing him to continue his job as a key worker during the coronavirus pandemic. Gordon East, founder of CHARIS, set up the Community Sponsorship Group which sponsored Abdullah and his family. In this blog, we’ve transcribed a chat between Gordon and Abdullah as they share tips for... continue reading (6 min)

18
May

Covid-19 has caused flights to be suspended, meaning that no refugees can currently be resettled through Community Sponsorship. Nevertheless, Community Sponsorship Groups are moving forwards with their applications, ready to welcome refugees as soon as flights resume. Here's a map showing the location of Groups as of mid-May 2020.  If you're in a Community Sponsorship Group and would like to be connected with other Groups in your area, just let us know, and we'll happily ... continue reading (1 min)

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