Polegate MP Maria Caulfield has welcomed an announcement by the Home Secretary that £1 million will be made available for groups who are supporting refugees.
The community sponsorship scheme, which was launched by the Home Secretary at Lambeth Palace last year, enables community groups to take on the role of supporting refugees who have been resettled from the camps in the countries surrounding Syria in the UK.
Since the scheme launched last year, 53 refugees have been welcomed by 10 community groups across the UK. Community sponsors, including charities, faith groups and churches, provide housing for the refugee families, as well as helping them to integrate into life in the UK, access medical and social services, arranging English language tuition and supporting them towards employment and self-sufficiency. The new 2 year £1 million fund will provide training and support for groups signing up to the scheme.
Maria Caulfield said, “The community here in Lewes has been very supportive of refugees and a number of groups have been set up to help. This funding will be most appreciated by community groups who are helping these most vulnerable people.
“I would encourage all community groups interested in helping refugees to go to gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-full-community-sponsorship for the full details.”