Anyone who meets Bekele Woyecha, Senior Project Manager of Sponsor Refugees, is taken aback by his infectious, interminable commitment to Community Sponsorship. This summer, his commitment took him across the globe to Canada, to learn from the country that has pioneered the private sponsorship of refugees.
Since launching Community Sponsorship in 1979, Canada has welcomed 300,000 refugees through the scheme (in addition to government resettlement numbers). 1 in 15 Canadians have been directly involved in resettling refugees in their neighbourhoods.
Bekele travelled across the vast country to meet these ordinary citizens who are doing extraordinary things, to find out what makes the scheme such a success. The trip was generously funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
We are delighted to welcome him back from the trip, and learn from his wealth of experiences. Read about his experiences here: https://churchill.bekelewoyecha.com/
On 29th June, 200 civil society leaders joined together to launch Citizen UK’s #ExtendtheWelcome campaign.
The campaign highlights the success of the UK's refugee resettlement scheme, which to date has offered sanctuary to over 10,000 of the most vulnerable refugees, including families with disabilities or experiences of torture.
The Home Office is currently reviewing the future of refugee resettlement beyond 2020. There is a risk that the Home Office will decide to scale down - or even stop altogether - the resettlement of vulnerable refugees.Read more
On the evening of Tuesday 19th June, Louth Churches for Refugees welcomed one-hundred members of the community to Louth Methodist Church. Those attending were asked to support, practically and financially, a vision to welcome a vulnerable Syrian family to resettle and integrate within the Louth area. The evening was supported by national guest speakers and local exhibitors, LincsRefugeesDoctors and Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary.Read more
This week marks the 20th Anniversary of Refugee Week. The theme this year is “Simple Acts”: the small things we can do to make a difference to the lives of displaced people across the world.
See our list of 7 Simple Acts you can take to welcome a vulnerable Syrian family in your local community.
ABERAID have been interviewed by the local press, Cambrian News, about their experience of community sponsorship.
ABERAID are one of the leading community sponsorship groups, and have now resettled another family.
In the article, the group describe their journey, and discuss the wonderful donations of time, money and gifts from the local community.
Read the full article here.
Jeff Britten describes the group's journey from starting a community sponsorship group to a family arriving in Haverfordwest.
Jeff Britten has written a personal story of how he went from someone who was inspired by other nearby community sponsorship groups, to a founding group member, all the way to having a Syrian family arrive earlier this month.
To read Jeff's full story, click here.
Corsham Sponsors Refugees have been interviewed for the local paper, the Gazette & Herald.
Corsham Sponsors Refugees have pledged to sponsor a Syrian family to resettle into their community, and are well on their way to completing their application.
Sponsor Refugees' Director, Tim Finch, was present at Corsham's launch meeting, alongside ABIDE's Anna Reid, where over 60 people were in attendance.
The full article can be read here.
The nominations are now officially open for our Community Sponsorship Awards 2018 in partnership with IOHR
The Migrants' Mass has been taking place annually since 2006 and aims to highlighting the plight of refugees and migrants around the world. The Mass is jointly organised by Citizens UK, the Dioceses of Southwark, Westminster and Brentwood and brings together 43 Ethnic Chaplaincies. This year Community Sponsorship was the focus in the Mass, which took place at St George's Cathedral, Southwark.Read more