What do Community Sponsors 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. Read Abdullah's story.

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!)

Community Sponsorship is a significant responsibility and so it's not possible to sponsor refugees as an individual. You'll need to join a Community Sponsorship Group or set up one up yourself. 

Your Group will then need to submit an application and will receive training and support to make sure that you're prepared to support a family. 

 Find out more about what Community Sponsorship Groups do and how to apply: