Community sponsorship is all about local groups and individuals taking on the responsibility of welcoming and supporting refugees. At Sponsor Refugees, we believe this approach has many benefits over the statutory authorities taking the lead. But even so, all Community Sponsorship groups will have to work closely with the government and particularly with their local council.
There are two main reasons for this:
- The local authority is the main gateway to a lot of services, including schools for the refugee children
- If your group was unable to continue with its sponsorship (fortunately, this happens rarely) the local authority would have to assume responsibility for the refugee family
To meet the local authority criteria, your group will need to: