Moving house

After arrival, some families might express an interest in moving elsewhere in the UK. There could be many reasons for this; they may have relatives or friends elsewhere, they might wish to live somewhere more or less quiet than where they currently are or where there is a larger population of people who speak the…

Principal Sponsor Application Process (PSAP)

Lead Sponsor Organisations who have been designated by the Home Office to be a Principal Sponsor are able to submit applications that use a different format to the traditional Community Sponsorship Application. Groups will still need to research how they will support a refugee family, and will be able to welcome a family either through…

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…

Sponsor obligations and requirements

In Community Sponsorship, you will have requirements and obligations between the organisation acting as Lead Sponsor and the Home Office, which will be outlined in your sponsor agreement.  You can see a sample sponsor agreement on gov.uk, however, you should ensure that you read your sponsor agreement carefully prior to signing it, and ask your Home…

Charitable status

In order to be approved by the Home Office as a Community Sponsorship group, your application must be made through a registered charity or community interest company (CIC). This organisation will be your Lead Sponsor.  The charity must be registered with the Charities Commission in England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)…

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…

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 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…

Partnering with a Lead Sponsor

Your Community Sponsorship application must be made by Lead Sponsor Organisation.  The organisation must be a charity, community interest company or an exempt charity registered with the appropriate body in the relevant nation of the UK.  There are many experienced Lead Sponsors who have a process and a system in which your group could operate, or you may…

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…

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….