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SAT-7: New DVD resource to support Christians befriending Arabic-speaking families

Published Wednesday 6 December 2017 Middle East Christian broadcaster SAT-7 has launched a special Arabic language DVD resource to support the growing numbers of UK Christian churches and individuals who are becoming involved in resettling Syrian refugee families in the UK.  The Bedtime Stories DVD resource includes six 18-minute bedtime story videos and two 50-minute episodes of SAT-7’s ground-breaking My …

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‘I like the rain’: the only Syrian family in a Welsh village

Published Thursday 30 November 2017 (Read Article by Steven Morris on The Guardian) Four months after arriving in the UK under a community sponsorship scheme, one family is settling in and going native. Nestling in the green hills of Pembrokeshire, the small market town of Narberth feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Damascus where the Batak family used …

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Hillsong London – “Church group renovates house for refugee family”

Published Wednesday 29 November 2017 Aisha Doherty from the Church Times recently visited Hillsong London’s Refugee Response Group and spoke to Ralph Boer, Social Justice Lead for Hillsong UK, about their plans to welcome the arrival of a refugee family from Syria through Community Sponsorship. (Read her article on the Church Times) IT IS a sunny day in late September, and I am …

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ABIDE Welcomes Sponsored Syrian Family

Published Thursday 9 November 2017 We are excited to announce that one of the Community Sponsorship groups that we have been supporting – ABIDE – have welcomed their first Syrian refugee family via Community Sponsorship. Here is their latest update: At the end of September, Ottery St Mary welcomed a family of Syrian refugees into its midst. The family of …

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£1 million Community Sponsorship Capacity Building Fund Opens For Bids

Published Thursday 2 November 2017 A £1 million fund for organisations and communities wanting to support refugees coming to the UK opens for bids today (Wednesday 1 November). The fund is for the community sponsorship scheme which enables community groups to take on the rewarding role of welcoming and supporting refugee families in the UK. Sponsor groups can include charities, …

Book Recommendation – Last Resort: Migration and the Middle East

Published Monday 16 October 2017 We contributed to a section on Community Sponsorship in a new book written by our friend Jonathan Andrews on migrants and refugees. The Middle East sits at a crossroads of migration: millions relocate as migrant workers and students. The history of the region includes numerous periods of forcible displacement and migration continues to change and shape …

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Oxford Community Sponsorship Event

Published Tuesday 10 October 2017 In partnership with:               Hear and discuss how your community can welcome a refugee family, transforming the life of that family while benefiting your entire community. This is an opportunity to build on Oxford’s welcoming culture and make the city a national pioneer in welcoming refugees through community sponsorship. DATE …

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Welcoming the Stranger: Community Sponsorship for Refugees in Camden

Published Tuesday 10 October 2017 Hampstead Parish Church and Churches Together in Hampstead are both applying to become Community Sponsors for a refugee family. This is an invitation to the community to help us to launch these two exciting projects. There will be music, story telling and readings, refugee stories, food and refreshments. Music will include the singer Merit Ariane …

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Hillsong Welcomes First Refugees Family

Published Monday 9 October 2017 We are delighted that Hillsong’s Refugee Response team, whom we have been closely with for over a year now, have finally received their first refugee family through Community Sponsorship. The team has written a blog article reflecting on their experiences and documenting the family’s arrival: On the 27th September, some of the team welcomed the family …

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East Midlands Community Sponsorship Event

Published Friday 14 August 2017 In partnership with:               Following the success of the Community Sponsorship Roadshows across England and Wales in July, we are delighted to announce our next event on the 19th of September at the King’s Arms Project.Community Sponsorship is based on decades of successful experience in Canada which has seen over 280,000 refugees …