Community Sponsorship

Community Sponsorship

We want to support a refugee family to rebuild their lives in Eckington.

Patron: Alexandra Sitwell – Renishaw Hall

Eckington is a supportive community that really cares. Whenever you’re in need, someone is always there to offer a helping hand. We want to extend this welcome to a family of refugees to enable them to build a new life in our friendly village and create a happy, healthy home here. You can support our cause by clicking on the Donate button below and/or attending our Fundraiser events.

We hope to use the Community Sponsorship model to organise a safe pathway for a refugee family who are fleeing a conflict zone, providing a safe space for them to call home and welcoming them into our community.

What is Community Sponsorship?

Community Sponsorship is a refugee resettlement programme with local people at its heart. Resettlement is the term used to describe what happens when a refugee is moved from a host country in which they’ve sought asylum to a country that has the capacity to support them in the long term. Resettlement is a safe route for vulnerable refugees to reach the UK.

Community Sponsorship is a shared endeavour. Individuals who may or may not already know each other form a group and work together to prepare for and welcome a refugee family to their local area. When communities lead the welcome, refugees have the benefit of a local support network right from day one.

The group supports the family through their first year in the UK to live independent lives, learn English, and access schools, benefits, healthcare and employment and participate fully in the community. These groups receive training and support from Reset through every stage of their journey and are also supported by their Lead Sponsor, who takes legal responsibility for the project.

(You can find out more about community sponsorship by visiting the Reset website)