Community Sponsorship Evaluation (UK) Browser does not support script. Launched in 2016, Community Sponsorship is a British scheme wherein communities raise funds and establish a core group to support a refugee family to resettle in the UK. The scheme is aimed specifically at vulnerable refugees, and the idea is simple; welcoming a refugee family, recruiting volunteers to support them through – for example, learning English, registering with a GP and negotiating benefit applications and enabling the adults back into work. The community find and prepare a home for the family and, above all, provides a welcome and friendship to the family. The scheme is part of the Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme (VPRS) that is intended to settle 20,000 vulnerable refugees in the UK by 2020 and the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS) which aims to resettle 3,000 vulnerable children and their families by March 2020. In 2017 The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) was initially invited by Citizens UK and the Methodist Church to undertake a formative evaluation of the Community Sponsorship Scheme with a view to ensuring their efforts supporting a refugee family were as effective as possible. Following receipt of internal University and ESRC funding and later through connecting with RESET, the research team expanded their efforts from two to twenty-two groups consisting of over 100 refugees. In some cases, we have followed Community Sponsorship groups for over two years to learn from their experiences of establishment, application to the Home Office, receiving a family and supporting refugee integration. Aims of the research The objectives of the evaluation include: Considering the motivations, aspirations, and experiences of CS organisers and volunteers Exploring group establishment and application processes Identifying the gains enjoyed and practical challenges faced by CS groups Examining the provision of support once sponsored families are in residence and the extent to which support needs are met Exploring the experiences of refugees and the ways in which the CS support shapes their resettlement Documenting good practice Impacting upon the shape of the CS providing knowledge for practitioners, sponsors, policymakers and CS groups Evidence Community Sponsorship in the UK. Formative evaluation executive summary Community Sponsorship Evaluation. Full interim report Briefing papers Community Sponsorship Scheme – Benefits for Volunteers Community Sponsorship Scheme – Insights for the Home Office Community Sponsorship Scheme – Practical Suggestions for New Groups Community Sponsorship Scheme – Tips for Community Sponsorship Groups Community Sponsorship Evaluation Launch event Community Sponsorship Summit presentations Group and volunteer perspectives Refugee perspectives Attracting and supporting volunteers Canadian Community Sponsorship Programme Integration Indicators Home Office Indicators of Integration framework 2019 second edition Home Office Indicators of Integration framework 2019: Theory of Change Guide notes Part A Home Office Indicators of Integration framework 2019: Theory of Change Guide notes Part B Theory of change for achieving integration Home Office Integration Interactive Toolkit Indicators of Integration Toolkit What works in integrating refugees second edition Research Team Professor Jenny Phillimore Professor of Migration and SuperdiversityDirector of IRiSDepartment of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology Jenny Phillimore is Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRis) and Professor of Migration and Superdiversity. She is a world leading scholar in refugee integration, superdiversity and access to social welfare with a particular focus on public health, as well as publishing and development of the community research methodology. Over the past decade she has managed teams ... Dr Marisol Reyes Research FellowResearch Leader Community Sponsorship ProgrammeDepartment of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology Marisol Reyes has been lecturer in international relations and Latin American studies in a number of universities in the United States, England and Mexico. Before joining academia she worked for six years in the Mexican government as a researcher of the international affairs department of the Federal Electoral Institute. Her research has focussed on Latin American studies, citizen’s civic ... Funders University of Birmingham College of Social Sciences ESRC Impact Acceleration Fund Help with understanding integration The UK has agreed to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over the course of the current parliament. To support this complex process, IRiS has developed a Toolkit and range of resources to inform and assist local authorities and practitioners. Click here to visit the Syrian Resettlement website Furthur Details RESET - https://www.resetuk.org/ Home Office - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-sponsorship-how-you-can-make-it-happen Citizens UK - http://www.sponsorrefugees.org/ Professor Jenny Phillimore Blog Tweets by @@IRiS_BirminghamBrowser does not support script.