Empowering refugees

Experts by Experience: Mohammed's 5 Tips for Learning English Quickly

Learn from Mohammed (in English and Arabic), who was resettled to the UK in 2019, about how he became fluent in English in one year
This resource is available to download in Arabic from the bottom right hand side of this page.  Mohammed’s Experience Mohammed attended sch

Supporting individuals to stop smoking

Find advice and guidelines for supporting family members who wish to stop smoking
When you receive a referral of a family from the Home Office, the Resettlement Registration Form you receive may indicate that a member or members of

Experts by Experience: Adjusting to the British Education System

Learn from Khadeja, an Expert by Experience, about her advice to help parents understand the British education system
As part of our Experts by Experience project, we interviewed Khadeja, who was resettled to North Devon in 2017 with her husband and three young childr

Covid-19 and Benefits

Understand changes to the Benefits system during the Coronavirus pandemic
The impact of Covid-19 has been, and will continue to bring changes in the Benefits system in the UK, and it will be harder than usual to get through

ESOL Briefing for Community Sponsorship Groups

A detailed document to help your Group create the ESOL strategy that works best for your context
*During the Covid-19 outbreak, ESOL classes may not be going ahead in classrooms.  Speak to local providers for what they are doing* This down

Dealing with challenging situations

Guidance on some of the common challenges that can arise when working with resettled refugees, and how to approach them
We've provided advice based on the common challenges that sponsor groups have faced and examples of how they have overcome them, see the doc

Preparing a fact sheet for the family you will support

Once a family has been allocated to you, you'll be asked to prepare a fact sheet about your Group and the area which will be shared with them
Once you’ve been allocated a family, and you and your Local Authority have accepted them, you will need to prepare a fact sheet that will be shared wi

Preparing Families for the British Education System

Learn how to support parents and children integrate into the UK's education system
Although all schools, Community Sponsorship Groups, parents and children are different, there are many similarities in the way in which school impacts

Working with Landlords

Ideas and discussion points to assist Groups in negotiating with Landlords
Community Sponsorship Groups across the UK have developed hugely creative ways to find affordable, sustainable accommodation for families arriving thr

Preparing for Uncomfortable Conversations

A guide to prepare your Group for important but awkward conversations
When the resettled family you support arrives there are some key conversations you’ll need to have, and some topics will arise that may feel a bit awk