Community Sponsorship is a government programme enabling you to welcome a refugee family into your local area and support them as they rebuild their lives. It's the only programme that will enable you to increase the number of refguees able to access safe and legal routes to resettlement in the UK.
From tiny villages on the Cornish coast, to the very heart of Liverpool, ordinary people are making the extraordinary decision to welcome and support a refugee family through Community Sponsorship. Hear from the people welcoming refugees.
Could your community be the next to welcome a refugee family? Get involved.
What do Community Sponsorship Groups do?
Community Sponsorship Groups support refugees throughout their first year in the UK to:
- access English lessons and schools
- access benefits
- access healthcare
- access employment
- live independent lives in the UK
Community Sponsorship Groups also source accommodation that will be available to the refugee family throughout their first 2 years in the UK.*
*Note that Community Sponsorship Groups are expected to source accommodation but are not expected to cover the cost of the accommodation.
Why Community Sponsorship?
Community Sponsorship will enable more refugees to access safe and legal routes to the UK
More than 70 million people are displaced across the world. There's so much energy and compassion across the UK to help refugees that, frankly, goes to waste. So many of us wtahc the news and want to help but have no way of doing so.
Community Sponsorship unlocks this potential.
The UK Government has committed to resettling 5000 refugees from 2020-2021. This is great, but we know that we can do more. The number of refugees welcomed through Community Sponsorship will be additional to the 5000 the Government has committed to resettling. You can decide how many refugees are given the opportunity to find safety in the UK.
If you've been watching the news about the refugee crisis and feeling helpless, this is your chance to enable a refugee family to access a safe and legal route to resettlement in the UK that would not have been open to them otherwise.
It's your chance to change lives.
Community Sponsorship strengthens communities
We're living in a divided society. Differences of generation, faith, and political opinion are pushing us apart.
Community Sponsorship is not about individuals welcoming refugees. It requires a community to come together to collectively make the decision to welcome and support refugees, and to work togteher to see this commitment through.
Community Sponsorship fosters unlikely friendships. It encourages people to step beyond their comfort zone and see the world with a different pair of eyes. And as a result, the bonds that bind us grow stronger.
But don't just take our word for it. Hear from Community Sponsorship volunteers.
How can I get involved?
There are 2 steps to getting involved in Community Sponsorship:
Step 1: Join a Community Sponsorship Group or set up a Group yourself
Everyone can play a part in Community Sponsorship, but no one can do Community Sponsorship on their own. It takes a community, not an individual, to welcome a family. This means that you must join a Community Sponsorship Group or set one up yourself in order to take part in the programme.
Step 2: Apply to the Home Office
In order for your Community Sponsorship Group to welcome a refugee family, you must apply to the Home Office. At Reset, we provide free support and guidance to Groups at every stage of the application process. Contact us to get started.
Find about more about the Community Sponsorship application process.
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