Community Sponsorship

Community Sponsorship is a Government scheme that enables a committed local groups of volunteers to safely resettle, welcome and support families of refugees directly in their local community. It is one of the rare legal pathways for refugees to come to the UK.

We support volunteers and refugee families to help them navigate the process, acting as their sponsor.

Sign in airport on pillar saying welcome to terminal 1 arrivals

people used the service last year.


appointments – that’s the number our team helped families to attend or manage last year too.


children were also supported to register at schools in the local area.

Adult and childs hands and arms laid on top of each other with a small model of a little white house in the centre

Everyone deserves safety and a warm welcome.

The Community Sponsorship scheme aims to enable refugee families to gain independence and pursue their aspirations in the UK.

We are always keen to hear from people across Greater Manchester and Lancashire who would be interested in volunteering to help a refugee family to safely resettle in their community.

All you need to do to get involved is to volunteer with Caritas and start a group that is passionate about making an impact.

We will act as your sponsor and guide you every step of the way, providing advice on how to apply to the scheme and how to support the family once they are in the UK.

hands making heart shape one painted blue and one painted yellow

“We saw it as an end to suffering and poverty by coming to a country that was safe. When I go to bed at night, I know that my children are safe – and that was our purpose.”

Mother from a family resettled in the UK

Help more families like this one now:


two hands holding white model of house with ribbon in colour of ukrainian flag on it

Where to find us

To find out more about Community Sponsorship and how you can get involved, please get in touch.

Caritas House, 4 Nobby Stiles Drive, Collyhurst, Manchester M4 4FA.

Telephone: 0161 817 2250


Related Services

  • Ukrainian Link Service

    This service seeks to establish links with people from Ukraine, filling gaps in support, linking and signposting to help them to integrate in the local community. 
  • Aspire Education

    Our Aspire Education team offers English classes, mentoring and wellbeing services to people from a refugee background in Greater Manchester. 
  • School Service

    Our specialist team works with schools to help remove barriers to learning and participation, nurturing development and enabling and empowering children and families to develop new skills.  
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