Community Sponsorship Awards

We believe that community sponsorship of refugees should be celebrated, and that inspirational groups, individuals and local authorities should be recognised for the work they put in to make community sponsorship a success. That is why we organise the annual Community Sponsorship Awards.

The awards are also an opportunity to promote the scheme, for people across the UK to build relationships, and to hear motivational stories of welcome.

Community Sponsorship Awards 2019

The Community Sponsorship Awards are back for 2019!

Meet the Judges

The judges met on 31st July at the Portcullis House, Westminster, hosted by Helen Hayes MP and made their deliberations.

Read about our esteemed judges here. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your Community Sponsorship champions. We received hundreds of submissions, and our judges had a very difficult task. They finally made their deliberations. You can see the list of nominees here

Awards Ceremony

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 8th October at an Awards Ceremony hosted by our friends at Canada House in Trafalgar Square.

Canada introduced Private Sponsorship of refugees 40 years ago, and have since welcomed over 325,000 refugees. They been instrumental in guiding the UK and other nations as we build our own refugee sponsorship schemes.

Our Partners

The Community Sponsorship Awards are powered by Sponsor Refugees, in partnership with:

The Local Authority of the Year Award is sponsored by Reset Communities and Refugees 

The International Award is sponsored by The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI)

Canada The Awards Ceremony is hosted by Canada House

Linklaters  Linklaters Supports the 2019 Community Sponsorship Awards


Community Sponsorship Awards 2018

The First Annual Community Sponsorship Awards Ceremony took place on 2nd October 2018 at The Royal Society, London, in the presence of more than 250 people who gathered from across the United Kingdom, Canada, and the USA. They were organised by Sponsor Refugees in partnership with IOHR and GRSI

Read about 2018 Awards here




Pioneer Awards 2017

The launch of Sponsor Refugees on 9th October 2017 saw three Pioneer Awards presented to those who have worked tirelessly to make community sponsorship a reality. The awards were presented by Ahmad Al-Rashid and the children from one of the first resettled families.

Read about the winners here



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