London, 1 April 2022. Today, Reset Communities and Refugees, a charity leading UK community sponsorship since 2018, is launching a matching and training service for sponsors and refugees under the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, with support from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). It will bring together sponsors and refugees and assess their eligibility and suitability for the scheme. It will also provide training and advice to the sponsors and community groups.
Homes for Ukraine launched two weeks ago for Ukrainian nationals with a named sponsor, and DLUHC has been working to expand the scheme to those without a match. Reset has been working, with support from DLUHC, on a pilot service that matches refugees with sponsors, and the charity hopes to roll this out as widely as possible.
To date, over 7000 refugees have registered on the Reset website along with over 8000 UK households, offering places for over 20,000 refugees. Reset is offering this matching service to sponsors, refugees, devolved governments, local authorities and refugee organisations who do not have alternative means of pairing refugees and sponsors together.
DLUHC has provided an initial grant of £300,000 to help design the matching process. Reset is also working closely with the Welsh and Scottish governments, as well as local authorities across England and Northern Ireland, to help them in matching sponsors and refugees.
Kate Brown, CEO of Reset Communities and Refugees, said: