Over the past few months we’ve been working to collate data on the experience of Community Sponsorship volunteers to understand what they value about their journey and the factors that continue to motivate them. We’ve been emailing Group members with a short survey at the end of their one-year sponsorship agreement. Overwhelmingly, Community Sponsorship brings a sense of satisfaction and of community to volunteers. And they are learning about, for example, the difficulties that people face navigating life in the UK with limited English and accessing statutory services.
We’re incredibly fortunate to have contact with all Community Sponsorship Groups through our work, which puts us in a good position to learn from their experiences. Once resettlement restarts and we’re running our Part 2 training, we’ll be asking all Group members to answer 10 questions about what they learn when applying to sponsor a refugee family with the aim of growing our data set and our understanding.
We’re really interested to keep learning about what motivates Community Sponsorship volunteers. If you have thoughts and insights, from research or your own experience, do get in touch!