Community Sponsorship

"Being involved in a Community Sponsorship group has been one of the best experiences of my life."  Jo, Community Sponsor in Ashtead

More than 70 million people are displaced across the world. The UK Government has committed to resettling 5000 refugees from 2020-2021. This is great, but we know that we can do more. There's so much energy in communities across the UK to help refugees... we just need to harness it. 

Community Sponsorship was set up by the UK Government in 2016 in response to communities and faith leaders who said that they wanted to do more. It's a unique 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 refugees able to access safe and legal routes to resettlement in the UK.

Hear from Community Sponsors who are already welcoming refugees.

Could your community be next? Get involved.

What do Community Sponsorship Groups do?

"The support of my Community Sponsors 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 our area." Abdullah, sponsored refugee in Oxford

Community Sponsorship Groups support refugees throughout their first year in the UK to:

  • live independent lives in the UK
  • access English lessons and schools
  • access benefits
  • access healthcare
  • access employment

Community Sponsorship Groups also source accommodation that will be available to the refugee family throughout their first 2 years in the UK. (Community Sponsorship Groups are not expected to cover the cost of the accommodation!)

How can I get involved?

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.

Once you've got a Community Sponsorship Group together, you can apply to welcome a family.


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Form a Group
Welcome the family
Support the Family