Start a Community Sponsorship Group
It’s brilliant that you're thinking about setting up a Community Sponsorship Group. This is the start of an amazing journey -- for you and your community!
Take a look at our step-by-step guide to setting up a Group below. You can choose how closely to follow this guide – do what works for you!
Setting up a Group can sound like a big task. But taking the initiative doesn't mean that you need to lead the group all the way through the Community Sponsorship process. It can simply mean setting the wheels in motion by finding those people in your community who do have the time and energy to lead a Group.
1. Learn about Community Sponsorship
Have a look through our resources to make sure you understand the main requirements for Community Sponsorship.
- What is the Community Sponsorship scheme
- Frequently Asked Questions
- The Community Sponsorship journey
2. Form a Core Group
Most Community Sponsorship groups can be divided into two sections:
- The core group, which meets regularly and has a detailed understanding of the process
- A wider group of people who give their time less regularly, or only for a specific area of responsibility
Try to build up a core group as soon as you can. This can be as small as two people, but most groups find that around 5 people works best.
Think about how you can inspire the people around you. Invite them over to your home or a local cafe, show them the Community Sponsorship video and the Community Sponsorship Animated Film and pitch the idea to them. (Contact us for a downloadable file of the animated film.)
3. Give your Group a name
Having a name helps your Group to establish an identity, which is important for raising awareness and fundraising.
A note on names: Refugees resettled via Community Sponsorship can be of any nationality. It is not a good idea to reference a particular nationality in your Group name. Find out more.
4. Let people know what you are doing
By raising awareness of your Group locally, you’ll attract more volunteers with the skills you’re looking for (e.g. Arabic language fluency). You may find it easier to raise funds too.
However, we know that not every group feels comfortable with attracting publicity. Don’t feel pressured to publicise your group if you want to keep a lower profile.
You can raise awareness of your group by
- Creating a social media presence
- Hosting a public meeting (add it to our calendar here)
- Putting up posters and distributing flyers (you can make flyers yourself or you can contact us to request copies of our flyers)