Community Sponsorship Groups will need to provide equipment, groceries and 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 providing the things they need.
Some Groups have told us that they have ensured that enough is provided in the property to start the family off, but they have made budget available to enable the refugee families to make choices about what they would like in the property.
When looking for furniture and household items, we know some Groups have successfully secured donations from local or national businesses as a ‘gift in kind’ and groups, such as North Hackney Welcome Project set up gift lifts with large retailers and asked their community, social media followers and supporters to purchase direct from their list!
In the attached document available on this page for registered users, we have provided a list of the commonly supplied ‘basics’ for furnishing and equipping a house for refugees. All groceries suggested below are non-perishable items; as part of your first few days of supporting the family, you should plan in a trip, or explain how to purchase fresh products.
You may also find it useful to check out our web page on preparing the accommodation.
To access this document, please register for an account. It will then be available in the 'Downloads' section on this page.