Community Sponsorship would not happen without the support of Local Authorities.
At Reset, we’ve seen that Community Sponsorship is most successful where Groups work in partnership with their Local Authorities. That’s why we recommend that Groups start the conversation about their plans with their Local Authorities as soon as they can.
Many Local Authorities work very hard to ensure that Community Sponsorship is a success in their area. They do this in different ways. We’ve seen Local Authorities support Group members to find out about all the local services and networks that could benefit the refugee family when they arrive. We’ve seen Local Authorities offer frank and honest resettlement advice based on their own experiences of resettling vulnerable refugees over many years. And we’ve seen Local Authorities help ensure that Groups are able to take advantage of funding opportunities made available through the Home Office.
Providing consent to a Community Sponsorship Group if you work in a Local Authority is not as easy as it might sound. We work with Local Authority officers, councillors and senior managers to unpack what consent means to them, the impact it may have on other services, what support they need to have in place, and how they can best support Community Sponsorship Groups. Community Sponsorship is still a young programme, so Local Authorities are often having to find out what the programme is and their role in it, and this can take time.
It’s important for us to recognise the valuable work that Local Authorities make to Community Sponsorship.