Government Announces £1 Million to Help Communities Support Refugees (UK)

A new £1 million funding pot to help community groups support refugees fleeing the war in Syria to settle in the UK has been announced.

The funding was announced to mark the one-year anniversary of the community sponsorship scheme. The community sponsorship scheme 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. 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. Information on how to apply will be published in due course.

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