The UK has a long history of supporting refugees in need of protection. Our resettlement schemes have provided safe and legal routes for tens of thousands of people to start new lives in the UK. The UK welcomes refugees through the global UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS), the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) as well as through the Community Sponsorship and Mandate Resettlement Schemes.
Community sponsorship is a way for local communities, civil society organisations, charities, and faith groups to be directly involved in helping refugees settle in the UK. Community sponsors provide emotional and practical support to empower families to rebuild their lives in safety, and to become self-sufficient members of their new community. Being a sponsor also benefits the local community through enabling the generosity of local people and creating new bonds between those involved.
As a community sponsor, you will be allocated a family fleeing conflict, and it will be your responsibility to support the resettled family from the moment of arrival in the UK.