Available sources of funding – key things to do

As you plan your budget you will be looking into how your group will fund the delivery of your resettlement plan. Alongside your fundraising activities, you should consider the other sources of funding that are available to sponsorship groups and to Local Authorities and GPs that provide services to resettled refugee families. You may find…

Experts by Experience: property investment

When it comes to finding a property for a refugee family, it can feel like an insurmountable obstacle to overcome given the lack of affordable housing in the UK. We’ve seen how groups have been creative in meeting this housing challenge; some are able to find compassionate landlords who are willing to rent below the…

Finding accommodation

We know that a significant part of your work in the application process to become a Community Sponsorship Group will focus on housing. As part of your sponsor agreement you will be agreeing to source suitable accommodation for a family for a two year period. The accommodation must: Have a minimum of a two year leaseHave its…

Getting Local Authority consent

Community Sponsorship is a partnership involving your group, the Home Office and your Local Authority (Local Authorities if you are in a two-tier authority area). Not only will your Local Authority be able to signpost you to local services and organisations who will be able to provide assistance, but they must give their consent for your…

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…

Preparing a complaints handling policy and procedure

In order to gain approval as a Community Sponsorship Group, your application will need to have a clear complaints policy that outlines how you will handle a complaint that may be made by the refugees you are supporting. It should outline how the complaint will be handled and the timeline for action. If you are working with…

Supporting refugees affected by the benefit cap

The benefit cap is a limit on the total amount of welfare benefits each family or individual receives. The benefit cap affects Universal Credit as well as Child Benefit (if the family you support still gets legacy benefits you can find list of all affected benefits here). As of 20 October 2021, the benefit cap…

Working with your SMP

Each of the nine English Regions and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has a Strategic Migration Partnership (SMP) which is equipped to provide the full range of services required with regard to migration issues in their Region. SMPs in England, Wales and Scotland* coordinate a number of programmes including refugee resettlement under the Government resettlement…

ESOL Briefing for Community Sponsorship Groups

This substantial downloadable resource contains detailed information on the types of English classes available, the key issues for Community Sponsorship Groups when supporting refugees to access English classes, and advice on how your group can support language learning. Download Community Sponsorship Groups in Scotland may find that the ESOL provision in the nation differs from other…

ESOL in Scotland

There is a strong framework of practice, legislation and policy to support ESOL provision for refugees in Scotland. Education is a devolved matter, English for Speakers of other Languages are the responsibility of the Scottish Government. The framework includes provision for those who are not literate in their own language to access university. There are…

Fundraising

As part of your approval to be a community sponsor, you will need to raise £9,000 to cover any of the project expenses. This resource aims to provide ideas and approaches to help you raise money to support the resettled family you will be welcoming. As you produce your resettlement plan, you’ll be able to build a…

Interpreting options

There are various different ways you can work with interpreters. You could work with paid, volunteer or bilingual volunteers (who work with the family in their own language, and also interpret when required). They could carry out their interpreting either face to face or over the phone. Whichever option you choose, make sure that the interpreter you work…

Introduction to empowerment and integration

Integrating into a new country, or community, is a very personal process and it is impossible to put a timescale on how long it will take for someone to feel integrated. For some people, it may be a matter of months. For others, it could take years and integration is an ongoing process. It may…

Introduction to Universal Credit

Note: Universal Credit will be paid from the day the application is fully submitted. The first payment will be made at least 5 weeks from the date the application is fully submitted. Make sure you help the family you welcomed to apply as soon as possible after the arrival to ensure they don’t loose out…

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…

Making benefits calculations

Both for the sake of your Group and the family you will support, it is important to ensure that the property you find will be financially viable – that the family will be able to pay their rent and the Group won’t have to contribute beyond expected and agreed top up. We developed this resource…

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…

New Scots: Integration strategy for Scotland

The Scottish Government have implemented a refugee integration strategy for 2018-2022, which Groups will find a useful guide for the support that they offer.  The New Scots strategy is the means through which integration is implemented at national and local levels in Scotland. It has been developed over a number of years through consultation with…