Sponsor Refugees: The Citizens UK Foundation for the Sponsorship of Refugees was established in October 2017.
The Foundation is a project of Citizens UK which organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good.
Citizens UK first called for the introduction of sponsorship of refugees, based on the Canadian model, at the height of the refugee crisis in September 2015. Only weeks later the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced that the Home Office would look at the idea.
Citizens UK then became one of the leading civil society partners helping the government to design and produce the Community Sponsorship scheme. After the UK sponsorship scheme was launched in July 2016, Citizens UK through its network of Refugee Welcome groups and through Citizens UK local chapters, have been working to promote the scheme and to support pioneer groups to become sponsors.
The establishment of Sponsor Refugees allows Citizens UK to increase this work.
Our vision is one in which many more people fleeing conflict and persecution are able to build a new life in safety and security in the UK thanks to community groups sponsoring them
Our mission is to work with partners, including the UK government, to increase the number of groups who sponsor refugees and to embed community sponsorship as a key element of refugee protection in this country
We are collaborative, innovative, and committed to the notion that community groups can play a leading role in welcoming and supporting refugees