Community Refugee Sponsorship Edinburgh
Refugee Sponsorship Edinburgh
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 www.sponsorrefugees.org.
For more on the community sponsorship scheme, see the official UK government page at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-full-community-sponsorship.
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.
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