The funding, which was announced by the Home Office in July 2017, will be used by Reset to provide training and support to help communities across the UK who want to welcome and integrate refugees through the Community Sponsorship resettlement initiative. The intention is that this will help encourage more groups to come forward to take part in the scheme.
Reset is a new organisation, funded by the Home Office and philanthropic foundations, which mobilises the skills and resources of communities, faith groups, businesses and charities who want to support refugees affected by the Syrian crisis, as they rebuild their lives in the UK.
Community Sponsorship was launched in 2016 and has already helped resettle 138 refugees who have been welcomed by 24 community sponsor groups across the UK, some of whom have sponsored more than one refugee family.
Community sponsorship groups including charities, faith groups and churches are taking part across the UK — from Cornwall to London, Manchester and Pembrokeshire in Wales.
The sponsors provide housing for the refugee families, as well as helping them to integrate into life in the UK, access medical and social services, arranging English language tuition and supporting them towards employment and self-sufficiency.
Many local authorities have also gone the extra mile in supporting their local community groups to get involved, with some great examples of partnership working.
Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes said: