UPLYME Community Sponsorship – a project set up to sponsor the resettlement of a Syrian refugee family – will host a public meeting on Friday, November 23 to explain the scheme to local residents.
The meeting will be held from 6pm to 7.30pm in Uplyme Village Hall.
Uplyme Community Sponsorship has been set up to sponsor the resettlement of a Syrian refugee family in the local area under the national community sponsorship scheme, which was launched in 2016 by the Home Secretary and Archbishop of Canterbury.
This scheme falls under the umbrella of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, whereby the government committed to resettle up to 20,000 refugees in the UK, from camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey, over the five-year period of 2015 to 2020.
According to the United Nations Refugee Council, more than 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011, the vast majority to neighbouring countries – Turkey 63.8%, Lebanon 16.9% (representing 17% of their total population), Jordan 11.9%, Iraq 4.4% and also to Egypt 2.3%.
There are more than 6.6 million internally displaced people in Syria and more than 470,000 have been killed. The war in Syria, now in its seventh year, has created the crisis of 13.1 million people in need of humanitarian aid.
Before applying to resettle a refugee family, the community sponsorship group must fulfil several criteria, crucially finding suitable accommodation which is available for rent for at least two years and raising a minimum amount of £9,000 (for a two-parent family). The local authorities then agree to the application before it is submitted to the Home Office.
The public meeting will be an opportunity to provide information to members of the community and respond to any questions or concerns.
Sarah Uppard of Uplyme Community Sponsorship will explain the scheme and a speaker from Ottery St Mary will speak about their experience of successfully resettling a refugee family.
Members of the community are warmly invited to attend the meeting, to exchange views and information or to volunteer their skills in supporting the charity and the project.
Refreshments will be available and donations will be accepted to start fundraising for the Uplyme Community Sponsorship scheme.
Further information about the project is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-full-community-sponsorship or email firstname.lastname@example.org