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Refugee Sponsorship Edinburgh

Refugee Sponsorship Edinburgh is a group of concerned residents applying for the first community refugee sponsorship in Scotland.

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Citizens UK

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Donations accepted until 31-03-2020

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Want to be a part of the first community refugee sponsorship in Scotland?

Community sponsorship launched in the UK in 2016, allowing community groups to support Syrian families entering the country under the UK government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Since then, groups across England and Wales have sponsored families, but nobody in Scotland has yet taken the plunge.

We would like to change that.

We are a small group of Edinburgh residents working towards bringing a Syrian refugee faily to our city under the community sponsorship scheme. Citizens UK -- one of the scheme's original architects -- is our lead sponsor, and we have been working closely with the City of Edinburgh Council to ensure a smooth transition for the sponsored family.

For more information on Citizens UK and its sponsorship arm, please visit

For more on the community sponsorship scheme, see the official UK government page at

Event details

Community Sponsorship Fundraising

Sponsorship means welcoming a family into our community. We will help them register for schools and GP surgeries; we'll show them around their new neighbourhood; we'll be their guides to the city, and their first friends here. We'll also arrange and cover the costs of housing, language classes, bus passes, and other things necessary for the transition - and that is where we need your help.

We have all the pieces in place. As soon as we have raised the money needed, we will be ready to submit our application to the Home Office. We estimate that £12,000 will cover everything needed to sponsor a family to come to Edinburgh. Because of our partnership with Citizens UK, any money that does not go directly towards our sponsored family will be given to another community, sponsoring another family, somewhere in the UK.

Your donation will do more than help cover the costs. It will send a powerful and concrete message of welcome to this one family. It is a way for our community to step up and open its arms to those forced out of their homes by violence and terror. It is a way for us in Scotland to show who we are as a country.

Please donate, and help us welcome them home.

Event date

01-April-2018 00:00  - 
31-December-2019 00:00

Event type

To go toward refugee sponsorship

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Good on you all - deeds, not words, showing that people in Scotland really care.
Donation by Anonymous
on 28-06-2018
£131.25 gift aid
Well done! A shining light in the midst of what can feel like overwhelming darkness. I look forward to you welcoming your first family and all of those to follow.
Donation by Cathy & Rob Lansdowne
on 14-06-2018
£0.00 gift aid
We hope this money helps a family make the best possible start to their life in the UK.
Donation by Mark and Helena
on 12-06-2018
£50.00 gift aid
Good luck in reaching the target
Donation by Victoria & Stephen
on 07-06-2018
£0.00 gift aid
You are a fantastic group, and what you're doing is extremely worthwhile. Good luck.
Donation by Neil Murray
on 06-06-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Let's make a difference for this ONE refugee family, and then another, and then another ... !
Donation by Anonymous
on 05-06-2018
£0.00 gift aid
So encouraged to see this and want to support any efforts that move our society towards being one that is more welcoming and inclusive - especially for those forced from their homes by conflict or persecution.
Donation by Steve Aisthorpe
on 01-06-2018
£12.50 gift aid
From Gran to a worthy cause
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-05-2018
£12.50 gift aid
A great cause. Well done to Refugee Sponsorship Edinburgh
Donation by Paul and Rosemary Tudge
on 29-05-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-05-2018
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £12,000.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £12,000.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £12,251.25

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