Community Sponsorship for Refugees in Leeds


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Come and meet members of the community and supporting organisations working together make to Leeds a safe home for a refugee family

Reset Communities and Refugees, Refugee Council, and The Damasq Group 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 the UK. This includes: meeting the family at the airport, providing a warm welcome and orientation, arranging accommodation, 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 in 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. Reset Communities and Refugees and its partners are providing application support to community groups. For more details, email

Reset Communities and Refugees, its affiliates, and agents will be taking films and/or photographs at this event. These materials will be used by Reset Communities and Refugees to promote and share news about community sponsorship. Images may be used in press releases, printed publicity and published online. If you would prefer for you not to be photographed, please speak to Reset’s representative at the event or email us at If you would like to see your images, or would like us to delete them, please email us at any time.

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