Who can apply?
Acting as a community sponsor to a resettled family is hugely rewarding, but it is also a significant responsibility. To make sure that you are prepared to resettle a family, your group will need to create a clear plan for how you will resettle and integrate the family into a safe and supportive environment. This will involve:
- showing that your group (or its partners) have experience working with vulnerable people
- finding and securing suitable housing
- getting the permission of your Local Authority
- demonstrating that your group has funds available to respond to any needs not covered by the benefits your family will receive.
In addition, your group will either need to be, or be partnered with, a registered charity or community interest company (you can even set up a new charity for your group). Working towards meeting these requirements takes time, as well as a little effort, motivation and goodwill. CHARIS is here to ensure you get the support and training you need to participate in this rewarding scheme.