The challenge is for every one of us to demonstrate God’s love to those driven from their homes by war. Here is how you, your church and local community can provide refugees with a new home, practical skills and fresh hope as they arrive in the UK.
1. Join the Movement
Join a growing movement of individuals, churches and communities coming together to use its voice, influence and resources to actively welcome and support refugees. We are inspiring, encouraging and equipping 100 churches and faith-based communities to support refugee families directly by becoming Community Sponsors. We are enabling those with a heart for refugees to engage with their neighbours with a positive narrative which seeks to promote understanding and support for refugees. Members are equipped with resources to host refugees-themed events and services in their local church, as well as photo exhibitions reflecting on the refugee journey.JOIN THE MOVEMENT
2. Become a Community Sponsor
We are working with the Home Office to deliver the Community Sponsorship Scheme, a ground-breaking new development for refugee resettlement announced by the UK Government in Summer 2016. It enables community groups to become directly involved in supporting the resettlement of refugees fleeing conflict and in need of humanitarian protection in the UK. Being a community sponsor is a significant undertaking. Under this programme, churches, charities and community organisations will need to provide housing (albeit funded by the Local Authority at a capped market rate) for the family they sponsor, as well as helping them to integrate into life in the UK, through accessing medical and social services, education, arranging English language tuition and supporting them towards employment and self-sufficiency.
We are assisting current and prospective community sponsors by:
- Informing and assisting sponsors to complete their community sponsorship application.
- Training and resourcing sponsors to be fully equipped to welcome refugees both culturally and practically.
- Helping sponsors to engage with their local community through hosting events, exhibitions, and training days with specialist agencies and charities.
- Connect sponsors in the movement to encourage mutual communication, sharing of sponsorship experiences, and logistical support.
3. Join or start a local For Refugees group
We are working with churches across the country and equipping them to meet their particular needs in welcoming refugees. We encourage churches and community groups with a common concern for refugees to rally together to pray and advocate for refugees. Some of our groups are going one step further by committing to support a refugee family as a group by community sponsorship.
4. Host the Stations Exhibition
The Stations Exhibition is an artistic project reflecting on the Stations of the Cross and the suffering of Jesus through images and stories of today’s refugees. This unique photographic study by creative director Marksteen Adamson is a parallel journey retold through the lives and stories of the refugees he met and befriended in Calais, Lebanon and the UK. The exhibition can be hired for community events, prayer groups, small groups, youth and children’s work, schools work, meetings with civic leaders and much more.THE STATIONS EXHIBITION
5. Give a Welcome Box
Our partner Upbeat Communities have devised a small way to make a big impact on the lives of refugees. Welcome Boxes are a brilliant way to welcome refugees arriving in your community. By giving a Welcome Box filled with small but practical gifts to recently arrived refugees, you are not welcoming someone to the neighbourhood, you are building the foundation for lasting friendships.
6. Mentor a young person
We are working with the Refugee Support Network (RSN), a leading provider of educational mentoring and psychosocial care for young refugees. RSN is working with churches and youth work providers to train local youth workers to mentor young refugees in their community.
REFUGEE SUPPORT NETWORK
7. Foster a child
There are currently more than one thousand unaccompanied children in the UK. We are working with Home for Good to help identify families and communities to welcome and foster these young refugees, giving them fresh hope and a new home.
HOME FOR GOOD
8. Teach someone English
Developed by our partners at Faith Action with Queen Mary University, Creative English Alliance help local churches run courses to develop useful language skills for refugees to thrive and settle into their new community.
9. Partner with a local charity
Many churches have not been challenged to, or had the opportunity of serving refugees in their community. However all around the UK are charities and community groups who have dedicated decades of faithful service to supporting refugees in their area. We have developed an extensive database of organisations working with refugees and is helping local churches to build partnerships in their community.
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