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Community Sponsorship Update

carol.hill@catholic-care.org.ukCommunity Sponsorship is where a community, may be a parish community or a local community, come together and welcome and support a Syrian refugee family. Community Sponsorship is now an increasing force across the country with over 150 groups in various stages of formation and many having welcomed their family.
In the Diocese of Leeds Community Sponsorship was launched in May last year and one Parish to take up the challenge was SS Mary & Michael in Settle. The initial interest spread into the community and a group was formed. Paul Kelly has summarised their progress in an article entitled Refugee ReSETTLEment Community Sponsorship Group. The Group are well on their way and are now beginning to complete their formal application to the Home Office supported by Catholic Care who are undertaking the role of Lead Sponsor.
One of the pre-conditions of actually welcoming a family is that a fund of £9,000 is held to support the family for “emergencies” prior to them receiving benefits. Fund raising activities are in full swing in Settle including Chris Beesley, who is a member of the group, doing a sponsored run across the Three Peaks on a freezing cold January day. So far he has raised £1,700 which is excellent. His donation page is still open at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chris-beesley Congratulations Chris.
The next fundraising event will take place on Saturday March 2nd – homemade soup & cakes 10.30 to 2.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House on Kirkgate in Settle. Everyone is welcome. Members of the Group will be on hand to answer any questions and to keep you updated.
If you are inspired by this and would like to find out more about Community Sponsorship and how you can become involved please contact Carol Hill carol.hill@catholic-care.org.uk or Lucy Irven lucy.irven@catholic-care.org.uk