Who We Are

Who We Are

We are a small group of people from the local community

We are an informal mixed group, all with different backgrounds and different experiences, but we share the common mission of wanting to help a family build a new home in a safe place away from the conflict and trauma they left behind.

Our Values

  • We are inclusive, welcoming and approachable
  • We care and try to be helpful
  • We are learning, and are flexible and adaptable.
  • We value everyone’s contribution
  • We strive for understanding of the context of refugee issues

We are working alongside the charity, Citizens UK, as our ‘Lead Sponsor’ throughout this project.

We began our journey in March 2022 and quickly formed a strong core group of initially 8 individuals. We have in May 2022 been joined by Alexandra Sitwell, who has agreed to be our Patron. As a Community Sponsorship Group we will be working to resettle a refugee family in our community via the Government’s ‘Community Sponsorship Scheme’, which has already transformed the lives of over 700 refugees resettled across the UK. As a registered voluntary group, we will be raising money and establishing a support system for a refugee family, currently supported by the Citizens UK. This involves finding accommodation for a two year period, as well as building a comprehensive resettlement plan in order to ensure that our refugees access benefits, health care services and schools, and begin to integrate into our neighbourhood and it’s community. We are still in the early stages, but we want to keep you all involved in our journey as we grow, learn and work towards resettling our first refugee family. We plan to do this by sharing news regularly here on our website but also other social media. If you would like to find out more or get involved please use our volunteer form to let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

Dave

Meg

Sue

is our Chairman and has the unenviable task of keeping our meetings in order and on track.

is a stalwart committee member who will come into her own once we have a family to befriend.

is our publicity guru and is busy developing our material for promoting our project. She will also be a lead in fundraising.

Jeremy

Angela

Don

is our financial wizard and also our liaison with the local authorities.

keeps us on track and does our secretarial work. She communicates with other interested parties and generally keeps us on our toes.

looks after our website plus social media and helps with publicity.

Ian

will liaise with local schools and will be another lead for fundraising activities.