Community Sponsorship of Refugees is a new initiative in Britain. But interest in it is growing fast. It is a serious commitment to sponsor a refugee family and people rightly have lots of questions before they even think of setting off down this path. We won’t be able to answer all your detailed queries here. But we hope the answers below address some off the main questions you may have. On other sections of this site you can find more detailed information.
Below you will find answers to:
- Which refugees is community sponsorship helping?
- How are refugees chosen?
- What is the difference between community sponsorship and the existing government resettlement programme for Syrians?
- So the community sponsorship scheme is not adding to the numbers of refugees coming to the UK?
- Can a group choose the specific refugee/s they want to sponsor?
- Checklist: refugees who can come to UK through Community Sponsorship
- What is the first step in sponsoring a refugee family?
- What are the main commitments of being a refugee sponsoring group?
- So do we need to be a formally constituted group?
- What is the biggest task for a refugee sponsoring group?
- How much money does it cost to sponsor a refugee family?
- Are sponsoring groups solely responsible for providing financial support to the refugee family?
- What is the role of the local authority in community sponsorship?
- Checklist: main commitments of sponsoring groups
- Does becoming a refugee sponsoring group involve a lot of form filling and other stuff?
- Will members of our sponsoring groups be checked out?
- How do we ensure that we are doing all the right things to welcome and support a refugee family?
- What about learning English?
- When can refugees coming through community sponsorship work and what is the role of the sponsoring group?
- Checklist: Essentials of sponsoring refugees
- How long does the whole sponsoring process last?
- But sponsorship is mainly about respecting refugees and allowing them to stand on their own two feet?
- What can we expect to get out of sponsoring refugees?
- Checklist: The benefits of community sponsorship
Esmat Jeraj published So do we need to be a formally constituted group? in FAQ 2017-11-29 18:47:27 +0000A:
Yes, you need to show that you are a group that can properly take on a serious commitment to welcome and support a refugee family. That means you will either have to:
- Be an existing charitable organisation or community interest company (CIC)
- Partner with an existing charitable organisation in your area (Sponsor Refugees might be able to help with this, but other charities can also help - see Lead Sponsor section on PLAN page)
- Establish yourself as a new charity
For more details see Putting Your group On An Official Footing section here.