Enfield Refugee Welcome is the first Community Sponsorship group in the country to give the opportunity of a new life to a family of refugees through the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme.
The group formed as a response to the Syrian refugee crisis. We are Enfield Citizens who want to make sure that Enfield is a welcoming and supportive place for vulnerable refugees. We are a diverse group - with lawyers, teachers, charity workers, childcare experts, retired and committed individuals who just want to make a difference.
We work with relevant local organisations such as schools, health providers, churches, synagogues and mosques, fostering bodies and private landlords to provide refugees with the support they need to settle successfully into our community.
Enfield’s first family, a mother and her children, has arrived and is settling well, supported by local volunteers. We are now applying to the Home Office for a second family and need to raise £4,500 to apply for each adult to be resettled. The Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme helps refugees in the greatest need, including people requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence and torture, and women and children at risk.
We are a registered charity and are supported by Citizen UK’s national refugee welcome programme: https://www.refugees-welcome.org.uk/. Caritas, a Westminster Diocese charity supporting social action, is our charity partner, (a Home Office requirement).
The Community Sponsorship Scheme was launched in the UK in 2016, having run very successfully in Canada for over forty years. We are one of the first groups in the UK to resettle a family under the community sponsorship model.
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has said: ‘I hope that this new approach will help bring communities together and support these often traumatised and vulnerable families as they rebuild their lives, and contribute to and thrive in our country.’