WHO WE ARE
Bridport Refugee Support Campaign are a group of volunteers who are working to resettle a refugee family to Bridport through the UK government’s Community Sponsorship. To do this we have registered charity status and you can find out more from our web-site https://bridportrefugee.org.uk/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Bridportrefugee pages.
We have already raised £9,000 but we need to raise a further £7,000 in the coming months and you can help us!
WHAT IS COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP?
Community Sponsorship is a government backed scheme which enables local communities to take an active role in supporting a refugee family during the first two years of their resettlement in the UK. It allows local communities to sponsor a refugee family to live in their local area.
It’s a great opportunity to help a family fleeing conflict, but it is a significant undertaking as we will form a long term circle of support for the family helping them to integrate into the community. To be approved, community sponsors must demonstrate they have sufficient resources (for housing, financial and personnel with the required skills) and have a well informed and credible resettlement plan. If approved, community sponsors are allocated a family who are identified by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees as vulnerable (including those requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence and torture, and women and children at risk).
WHAT ARE THE FUNDS FOR?
The money we raise is needed to help us settle and support the family including:
Finding affordable, safe and dignified housing for our family, including decorating and furnishing
- Initial rent deposit
- Arranging English classes/ESOL tuition
- Interpreter charges
In addition, the group will support the family to:
- become familiar with a new culture
- integrate into the community
- find employment
- navigate the school and benefits systems
- access health services
Our Trustees led by Barry Lovejoy are all local residents with a lot of experience and skills that will help achieve a successful integration for the family. Please visit our Facebook and social media sites. Anything you can do to help us achieve our targets and help a family have a life free from fear and full of possibility will really make a difference. Thank you from us and from a family that will one day have a better life thanks to you.