Major Nick Coke with a member of the Syrian family, who have now been living in Merton for a year, speaking at their one year anniversary event. The Merton group were the first community sponsorship group in London and one of the first groups in the UK.Read more
A Syrian family have been resettled in Wicklow, Ireland, thanks to the Wicklow Syria Appeal group.Read more
A Community Sponsorship Group in Herne Hill in South London have reached national news, with an article in the Huffington Post. Another Community Sponsorship Group, Redbridge Community Sponsorship Team, have been featured in the Ilford Recorder.Read more
Peckham Sponsors Refugees is the Community Sponsorship group that we are currently setting up in Peckham. We held our first meeting recently, and were pleasantly surprised to see that over one hundred people turned up.
To organise this massive public meeting, it took about six weeks of preparation. I started by reaching out to people I knew in Peckham, asking them to help me with ideas on how to broadcast the meeting to the rest of Peckham. One of our first advertisements was at Pexmas, our local Christmas market. We were donated a small table next to the bar where we asked people to sign up and be involved. Following that event, I created a large email database of those who signed up, from which I would send out information and recruit volunteers.Read more
Sponsor Refugees are delighted that Nadine Daniel has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to Interfaith and Community Relations in Merseyside and that Sean Ryan has been awarded an MBE for his services to refugee resettlement.Read more
Earlier this summer Eye on Wales followed a group from the Pembrokeshire town of Narberth as they prepared to welcome a family of Syrian refugees to west Wales.
Croeso Arberth was one of the first in the country to help a Syrian family escape life in a refugee camp in the Middle East under the Home Office's Community Sponsorship Scheme.Read more
The canal at Bude in north Cornwall. Bude Welcomes Refugees is a 30-person group based in the seaside resort. Photograph: Michael Dutton/Alamy
BUDE Refugee Support Group has announced that it has been granted permission to resettle a second family in Bude, making it the first community sponsorship group in the UK to be approved for this.
The announcement was made last week, and follows on from the charity’s successful resettlement of the first Syrian refugee family earlier in the year, having been approved by the Home Office.
Bude Refugee Support Group, which includes members of the community from a range of backgrounds and occupations, and received charity status in January 2017, is delighted to be able to welcome a second refugee family to Bude, leading the way for people in Cornwall who would like to help those in need.Read more
Syrian refugee Jawad Shalghin, left, who is living with 63-year-old Angelika Bauer, pictured with Syrian journalist Hussam Al Zawar. Photograph: Oliver Hardt/Getty Images
Below is an excerpt from the Guardian article '"I miss my family. Angelika's like an aunt.' The older Germans taking in Syrian refugees" published on 15th November 2017.
...In the UK far fewer Syrians have been accepted as refugees since 2015. In addition to conventional asylum applications – 9,944 of which were accepted last year (the majority from Iran, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan) – the government has resettled 8,535 Syrian refugees referred directly by the UN High Commission for Refugees to the Home Office which performs eligibility, medical and security checks and then refers them on to local authorities. It has promised to welcome 20,000 Syrian refugees in this way by 2020. Supplementing this resettlement programme is a Canadian-style community sponsorship scheme, which is designed to help the public offer support to refugees through volunteering.Read more
At the end of September, Ottery St Mary welcomed a family of Syrian refugees into its midst. The family of four, who were forced to flee the violence in Syria, arrived in the UK from Jordan, where they have been living in temporary accommodation. ABIDE, a project being overseen by Ottery St Mary Parish Church, is responsible for supporting the family as they settle in to life in the Devon town. After more than a year of hard work and fund-raising, ABIDE was approved by the Home Office to accept the family through the Government’s new community sponsorship scheme for refugees. It is the first group in Devon to welcome a family under the scheme and one of only a handful that currently exists in the UK.Read more