BECOME A FULL COMMUNITY SPONSOR
The Full Community Sponsorship Scheme enables local community groups and charities to directly support the resettlement of a refugee family into the UK.
Elmbridge CAN does not do this directly but there's some information here to find out a bit more and where to go if you are interested in forming one.
Image: Salvation Army Raynes Park Community Church
How does it work?
As a Full Community Sponsor, you will be allocated a family and it will be your responsibility to support the family from the moment they arrive in the UK. This includes:
Full Community Sponsors have a formal responsibility to support the resettled family for one year, with the exception of housing, where the responsibility lasts two years. Families are entitled to all usual government benefits, including housing benefit.
COULD YOUR ORGANISATION BE A SPONSOR?
"Community sponsorship offers groups the opportunity to resettle a family and give them a new start. We knew that we had plenty to offer. Community sponsorship opened the door for us… to mobilise people and actually do something." Major Nick Coke, Raynes Park Community Church.
Anyone can start a community sponsorship and they usually include a 'core group' which can be as small as 2 people, but generally around 5 works best, as well as a wider group for specific responsibilities.
Read our full interview with Raynes Park Community Church
If you lead or are involved in an Elmbridge based charity, faith group or community organisation and want to explore becoming a Full Community Sponsor please contact Reset UK and we'd be interested in collaborating with you.