Group management

Safeguarding briefing

Safeguarding is about protecting others as well as yourself from harm.  As part of your application, the Home Office will expect you to submit a safeguarding policy. If you have another organisation acting as your Lead Sponsor, they can assist you with this, and may require you to follow their own safeguarding policy.  The Home…

Communicating with a family following arrival

Community Sponsorship is all about communication, whether between you as a group or you and the family you support. Ensure a strong structure is in place at the outset following arrival and regularly review if this is working.  Make sure you have regular communication between your core group members ahead of the family arriving and in…

Forming a Group

In order to manage your Group and ensure that tasks are delegated fairly and appropriately, it will be helpful to establish roles for group members. Community Sponsorship Groups have organised themselves in different ways and it’s important that you find what works best for you, but we do advise against overloading one person with too many duties…

Learning about the Prevent programme

Your safeguarding policy includes sections on radicalisation and organised crime. To learn more, you can access free e-learning training on Prevent from the Home Office’s website. This takes about 45 minutes and requires a good internet connection. It largely focusses on students in secondary school and college education, however the learning can easily be applied…

Managing Risk

We don’t want to pretend that Community Sponsorship comes without challenges.  Everything you do is about working with people, and this isn’t always an easy task! Reset are on hand to help you navigate challenges as they happen, however, groups may find it useful whilst they are planning their applications to consider how they will…

Managing volunteers

Community Sponsorship groups are made up of active, highly committed volunteers. You may be meeting each other for the first time, or you may have known each other for a long time.  Either way, it’s likely that this will be the first time that you will have worked with one another in this way.    We know that…

Managing your group safely

There are some key things to think about when you start organising your group.  We have outlined some of the measures that you will need to put in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your group members.  You need to give careful consideration to all of these measures because the safety and wellbeing…

Media toolkit for Community Sponsorship groups

Raising awareness of your work is going to be essential in recruiting volunteers and raising funds to support your Community Sponsorship project.  This guide outlines some key things to think about when starting out.  If you are working with a Lead Sponsor Organisation, make sure you discuss with them if there is any guidance they…

Reaching out to other organisations

As part of your Community Sponsorship application, you will be doing lots of research into the services and organisations in your area that may be able to provide advice and support to the family you are supporting.  As a Community Sponsorship Group, you aren’t expected to be experts on every subject, instead, you need to…

Record keeping

When you are supporting a refugee family to build a life in the UK, your Group will need to keep records on some of the work that you carry out to support them. It’s important to find a system that is manageable and appropriate for the task at hand. This resource suggests which records to…

Setting your budget

As part of your resettlement plan you will need to design a budget. This is because you need to have an idea of the costs involved in supporting a resettled family when you are deciding what kind of support your group can offer. Having an idea of the costs will also help you to plan your…

Supporting refugees during Coronavirus

Community Sponsorship Groups have been welcoming families to the UK during Covid restrictions. For all current arrivals, family members are having to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Whilst this does present logistical challenges for groups, they have risen to the challenge and here we share the common challenges that have been raised and how groups…

Your Group

When you begin planning, it’s really important to spend time thinking  about how your group will operate. You may find that you have a large number of people involved in your community sponsorship overall, but that you have a core group of members who are fulfilling specific roles based on their skills, availability and expertise….