Nadine Daniel and Sean Ryan recognised in New Year's Honours


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.

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From Syria to Narbeth Revisited


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. 

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Bude refugee group granted permission to resettle second family


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.

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The Only Syrian Family in the Village

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I miss my family: The older Germans taking in Syrian Refugees

Guardian_Image.jpgSyrian 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.

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ABIDE Welcomes Sponsored Syrian Family


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.

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Narberth wins top human rights award for welcoming refugees

Image shows Christine Jackson and Jill Simpson of Croseo Narberth. Image Credit: Western Telegraph

A top human rights award has been won by the people of Narberth in recognition of the town's efforts to provide a safe haven for Syrian refugees.

Croeso Arberth - meaning Narberth Welcome - was honoured at Liberty Human Rights award ceremony in London.

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Who is my neighbour?

Image Credit: BBC Radio 2. (Image from iplayer)

St Monica's parish church in Flixton, Greater Manchester, who have been sponsoring a Syrian refugee family for almost a year, were featured on BBC Radio 2's programme Who is My Neighbour?

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Appeal for landlords and Arabic speakers who could help welcome Syrian refugees to Hackney


Refugees from the Syrian conflict may soon be resettled in Hackney with the launch of a foundation set up by a network of community groups in east London.

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Boost to government’s flagship plan to resettle refugees as more communities step up to sponsor refugees


More refugees displaced by the Syrian conflict will be resettled in the UK over the coming years with the launch of Sponsor Refugees, a foundation set up by Citizens UK to boost the community sponsorship of refugees.

Sponsor Refugees will advise and support faith and community groups who take on the responsibility of raising funds, finding a home and then welcoming and settling refugee families in their neighbourhoods. 

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