The evening will provide a brief overview of both schemes and then guests will break into two separate areas; one exploring Clergy Hosting and the other Community Sponsorship. The outcome of the evening is that all guests leave with a greater understanding of what is possible and are confident to engage.

WHAT IS CLERGY HOSTING?

Hosting offers a practical way for Clergy to provide the stability needed for destitute migrants and refugees whilst their case to remain in the UK is decided. Guests are referred to Housing Justice by recognised agencies operating in London and then Hosts are invited to offer hospitality in their season of need.

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WHAT IS COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP?

Community Sponsorship enables your church and people in your community to be directly involved in the resettlement of a newly arrived refugee family in your local area. This ground-breaking new development for refugee resettlement was announced by the UK Government in Summer 2016.The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby became the UK’s first community sponsor when he welcomed a refugee family into Lambeth Palace in 2016

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The Clergy Hosting breakout group will hear from current hosts and guests as well as be taken through how this ministry of hospitality works by our partners at Housing Justice.

The Community Sponsorship breakout group will meet the team from Church Response for Refugees to gain a clear picture of how their parish can get involved, as well as to meet a parish who are currently going through the process to become a Sponsoring Parish.

Both sessions will leave you informed and encouraged as you consider whether you are able to welcome in those who need our hospitality.

If you would like to attend then please contact Chantal