At Reset, we support Community Sponsorship groups to welcome refugee families by providing training sessions, advice workshops, post-arrival support visits, and more. Although we’re the ones delivering the training and providing the advice, we’re actually learning from Community Sponsorship Groups in all of these situations.
We’re learning what works and what doesn’t work. We’re learning why something that is practical in one location is impractical in another. And then we feed all of this learning back into our training and advice so that other Community Sponsorship Groups can benefit from these experiences.
Recently, we’ve been working to increase the opportunities for those who’ve been welcomed through Community Sponsorship to similarly influence our training, support and advice services. Check out the Experts by Experience resources on our Training Website.
We’ve been delighted to work with the British Red Cross VOICES network to make sure that we’re genuinely providing meaningful opportunities for people who’ve been welcomed to shape our work. To do this, the VOICES network hosted workshops with adults who arrived in the UK through Community Sponsorship. Then, based on these workshops, the VOICES network made recommendations for Reset’s work which they set out in a report. We’re so pleased to share this report with you all.
The VOICES network have set us a challenge: “To ensure that the voices of people with lived experience are at the heart of Community Sponsorship, we hope that our recommendations can be taken forward with the care and courage that the Community Sponsorship programme has so brilliantly demonstrated.” And we’re committed to meeting this challenge!