Covid-19 and arrival planning

Welcoming a family who will be self-isolating on arrival is going to represent challenges, and all Community Sponsorship Groups should be prepared for last minute changes to your plans as guidance changes.   It is essential that all members of the family are registered with a GP as soon as possible.  Each family member will…

Food, furniture and household items

Community Sponsorship Groups will need to provide equipment, groceries and other basic items in the property ahead of a refugee family’s arrival. Like with anyone, there will be personal and cultural preferences around food and household items, and you will want to strike a balance between giving refugees choices about what’s in their home, and…

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…

Preparing accommodation

You will need to obtain accommodation that is of a good and adequate standard and available at a sustainable cost for the family. The Home Office will need to be satisfied that it is suitable, and your Local Authority may wish to inspect it before they give their consent to your application. You will have…

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…