It takes a village to welcome a family.
We are a Community Sponsorship group centred in Hassocks and extending to Hurst, Keymer & Ditchling. We are working to welcome a refugee family to the area and help them settle into our community. Join us!
South Downs Refugee Project
We are a group of volunteers who are proud of where we live, and would love to welcome a refugee family into our community. We want to offer them a fresh start here under the Community Sponsorship scheme.
It’s early days, and we have lots to do, so please have a read through the various ways you can support the project and sign up for future news and opportunities to get involved.
We’d love to hear from you!
Community Sponsorship is a scheme set up by the government in 2016 which enables the resettlement of refugees, usually (but not always) fleeing the Syrian crisis.
Drawing on a very successful Canadian model, there are over 150 such groups across the UK now; ordinary people who have come together to enable the resettlement of a family. To date, Community Sponsorship groups across the UK have successfully resettled nearly 500 refugees into local communities.
The work of the group involves fundraising to cover resettlement costs, finding good quality affordable accommodation, and building a local network of volunteers within the community, who support the family throughout their first year in the UK.
Get involved with SDRP
There are plenty of ways to support the project…
Achieving the aims of the project will require a big group effort. We need to build a network of local supporters. Sign up here…
We need ring-fenced funds in order to be able to resettle and support a refugee family. A cash donation helps us reach our fundraising goal.
We can’t do it alone! If you’d like to fundraise for SDRP, or get some more information for your school, workplace or organisation, please get in touch.
We need to find suitable local accommodation, and secure a min. 2 year lease. We would love to hear from landlords in the area who might want to hear more…
SPREAD THE WORD
We need your help in spreading the word and building our network. Please connect with our social channels, and let your friends know about the project.
Can you help us raise £25,000?
We have now raised our minimum sum to enable us to proceed with our application to the Home Office. Thankyou.
We are now budgeting for the project to cover the first two years following the family’s arrival. The funds will cover resettlement costs, language tuition, interpretation, and ensure good quality accommodation is affordable to the family over the period.
If you’d like to contribute to welcoming a family into our community please donate via our Just Giving page.
Alternatively, if you’d like to fundraise on behalf of SDRP, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch.