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COVID-19 Update from Father Hudsons Care

Community Sponsorship for refugees


Community Sponsorship gives power to local people to resettle a refugee family in their neighbourhood. Communities work together to support the family as they settle into their new community, by providing befriending, encouragement and practical help.

BRaid was a project led by the congregation of Blackfriars, Oxford, with backing from Father Hudson’s Care. One of the first ten community-sponsored initiatives in the country, the congregation and community of the Priory of the Holy Spirit, also known as Blackfriars, provided practical, financial and emotional support. The family are settled in their home and are continuing to develop their English language skills. The dad is working locally and has also volunteered to support those in need during the Covid-19 crisis.

A new sponsorship initiative led by the Rugeley parish community has now been approved by the Home Office. Led by Peter Fahy, one of Father Hudson's Trustees, the group is made up of volunteers from the parish. They are currently waiting for flights to be resumed by the Home Office from the countries concerned so that they can welcome a family for resettlement into their community.

Father Hudson's Care are the lead sponsorship organisation for a number of refugee community sponsorship groups across the region. We support volunteer-led groups to register with the Home Office and to provide support and welcome to a refugee family. We currently support groups in Birmingham, Warwick, Rugeley and Derby and have previously supported a group in Oxford.

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