Community Sponsorship in Kent
Come and meet members of the community and supporting organisations working together make to Canterbury a safe home for a refugee family.
Canterbury Welcomes Refugees, Reset Communities and Refugees, For Refugees, and Sponsor Refugees would like to invite you to learn more about the community sponsorship scheme.
What is Community Sponsorship?
Community sponsorship is a practical way for communities to help transform the lives of a vulnerable refugee family who is being resettled to the UK. Sponsor groups take on the responsibility of welcoming them into their new environment and supporting them on their journey as they build a new life.
What do sponsors in the UK do?
Sponsor groups are matched with a refugee family from the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme and support them from their moment of arrival in UK. This includes: meeting the family at the airport, providing a warm welcome and orientation, arranging housing, supporting access to medical and social services, organising English language tuition, and support towards employment and self-sufficiency.
What are the benefits of sponsorship?
Refugee sponsorship has been operating in Canada for close to 40 years, and has resettled almost 300,000 refugees. Sponsors make a huge difference to the lives of resettled refugees. Having a personal support network helps refugees settle more quickly. They have friends to practise English with, and informal networks to find employment. It is also mutually rewarding: the local community benefits from the experience as new connections and relationships are forged
I’m interested: where can I learn more?
Guidance for prospective sponsors is available on the Home Office website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-full-community-sponsorship. Reset Communities and Refugees and its partners are providing application support to community groups. For more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.