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What is Community Sponsorship?
CHARIS is working with Reset to shape a national community-led resettlement programme to support refugees affected by the Syrian crisis, as they rebuild their lives in the UK. We are funded by the Home Office and philanthropic foundations, mobilising the skills, resources and compassion of communities, faith groups, businesses and refugee charities.
Through community sponsorship, a community group supports the empowerment of refugee families to become self-sufficient members of their new community by:
- meeting the family at the airport
- finding suitable housing (the families receive housing allowances)
- finding English language classes and practising English with the family
- registering children in schools
- helping them find a job
- making sure the family can access suitable medical and social services
- helping them acclimatise and understand British culture
- offering friendship and advice as they settle into their new lives
Community volunteers take on the responsibility that would normally fall to local authorities and professional charities by welcoming a refugee family and supporting them to adapt to life in the UK. This is a rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Being a community sponsor harnesses the generosity of local people, creating new bonds and friendships. It breaks down barriers and offers critical support to refugees at an extremely vulnerable point in their lives. All of the refugee families would have experienced immense hardship and heartache. Community sponsorship is a rewarding opportunity for people across the country to make a real difference to people’s lives.