A new Community Sponsorship scheme, starting next year
Under the new scheme, all refugees supported to resettle through Community Sponsorship will be ‘additional’ to the government target. This means that they will be above and beyond, rather than part of, the government’s resettlement numbers
The scheme will be extended to have a broader global focus, allowing flexibility to respond to humanitarian crises
The Home Office will be seeking views on the implementation of the new scheme following the announcement.
These changes are exciting, but it’s worth noting that if you are currently preparing to apply or have applied to the Home Office, these changes will not affect your application or the process to receiving a family through Community Sponsorship. There will be no change to the application form in the short term and, in terms of your preparations for language support and interpreters, to begin with most refugees will continue to come from the Middle-East and be Arabic speaking. In due course, as refugees from a wider range of countries of origin are resettled under the Community Sponsorship scheme, Reset will adapt the training and support we offer to Community Sponsorship Groups. In the meantime, please carry on with the great work that you are doing to prepare to welcome a refugee family.