Community Sponsorship

Community Sponsorship is a Citizens UK initiative launched in 2016 to enable groups to resettle a refugee family locally.  RWMK’s first Community Sponsorship project is Refugees Welcome Wolverton.

The following overview of the Community Sponsorship concept comes from the Sponsor Refugees site, where more details can be found:

“Community Sponsorship gives power to local volunteer groups to resettle a refugee family in their neighbourhood.  It is a big commitment, but hugely rewarding – and Sponsor Refugees is here to help every step of the way.

Groups need to:

  • Find and furnish an affordable home for a refugee family for a period of 2 years
  • Raise at least £9,000 (to cover various costs like translation, furnishing the house, and English classes)
  • Welcome the family at the airport and settle them in their new community (helping them register for benefits, access health services and enroll children in schools)
  • Provide support and encouragement to the family for one year so that they can live securely and independently

The scheme was launched by the British government in July 2016, at the height of the refugee crisis, in response to growing pressure from civil society. It was inspired by the successful Canadian private sponsorship model, which has seen over 300,000 refugees resettled since 1979.”  [Read more…]

The first local initiative in this scheme is Refugees Welcome Wolverton.