We believe that research, monitoring and evaluation are essential for making evidence-based decisions that will support Community Sponsorship to grow and flourish. We publish our own learning and reports and also work closely with universities to produce in-depth research into Community Sponsorship.
We partnered with the British Red Cross VOICES Network to host a series of workshops with adults who arrived in the UK through Community Sponsorship. The findings of this work, particularly those around isolation on arrival and access to healthcare, benefits and English language teaching, are informing our discussions with the Home Office and our induction planning.
Our ongoing research into the impact of Community Sponsorship on volunteers has been running for more than 18 months. Findings to date demonstrate skills development, a strong sense of fulfilment and a greater sense of community. There is a roughly equal split between the 35–54 age group and the over 65s, although more working age men volunteer than working age women.
We worked with the University of Birmingham on an evaluation of the Community Sponsorship scheme in its pilot phase. The findings resulted in six policy briefs in areas such as refugee integration, motivating volunteers and the wider impact of the scheme.
We also worked with the University of Birmingham on a focused case study of the wider community aspects of Community Sponsorship. Access the case study report here.
In many parts of the country, finding accommodation that a refugee family will be able to afford when receiving Universal Credit is a real challenge. We undertook an in-depth investigation into the different ways groups source accommodation and produced a resource to guide other groups.
We regularly commission smaller pieces of research and conduct our own research to help us understand more about who undertakes Community Sponsorship and how it impacts them.