Community Sponsorship is a government-led programme which resettles vulnerable refugees from war torn countries and welcomes them into communities throughout the UK, enabling them to rebuild their lives.
‘The intention of UK Resettlment Scheme is to provide sanctuary to those refugees in greatest need of protection, including people requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence and torture, and women and children at risk.’ UKRS – UK Resettlement Scheme
During the summer of 2021 we surpassed our £9,000 fundraising target required by the Home Office thanks to all the generous support from our local community. We are now continuing to raise funds to help us support the family for a longer period of time, post settlement.
The money will be used to support the family to continue to access English lessons, essential dental care, school uniform and equipment, interpretation services and other costs incurred during the resettlement process. We will provide ongoing support and encouragement to the family, both financially and through befriending, so that they can access employment, education, healthcare and other community services. Our goal is to ensure that the family live secure, independent and empowering lives in the UK.
Imagine being forced to flee your home. The place where you grew up, with all your belongings, memories and family surrounding you. This is the sad reality for some 79.5 million people around the world.
A number so high, it’s difficult to comprehend how many lives have been ravaged by war, persecution and natural disasters. Among the 79.5 million people forced to flee their homes, are 26 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18.
A large proportion of the world’s refugees come from the Middle-East, a region which has experienced conflict and war for the last 15 years. Now entering its 11th year, the Syrian refugee crisis remains the world’s largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time.
According to UNHCR, some 6.6 million Syrians have fled their home country. Sadly, displacement is not just a regional issue, but one that occurs across each corner of the globe. From Venezuela to South Sudan, Myanmar to Cameroon, hundreds of families are displaced each year, often forced to make long and arduous journeys to reach safety.