The links below will lead you to the official Home Office/Caritas guide to implementing the Community Sponsorship Scheme (scroll down to the download at the bottom of the page) and also to the government website and documents relating to the scheme so that (if you wish) you can have a more comprehensive idea of what is involved:
Of particular interest, too, is the CHARIS website:
CHARIS was formed by three churches in Taunton Deane, and now has considerable experience in housing refugees from the Middle East. We have received great support and advice from CHARIS' Lisa Westlake and Gordon East.
Anyone involved with the CSS also works closely with Reset UK. See their website at:
Important work is being done in bringing communities together by the organisation Bridges for Communities, set up to 'create opportunities for people from different cultures and faiths to meet and build friendships'. Bridges for Communities is based in Bristol and has particular experience working with refugees from the Middle East. Please do look at their website and the wonderful things they are involved in:
For an inspiring, if harrowing, insight into the plight of Syrian refugees from the perspective of one family, see Tima Kurdi (the aunt of little Alan Kurdi, pictured above), The Boy on the Beach: My family's escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home (Toronto: Simon and Schuster Canada, 2018). Highly recommended!
If you want a very readable introduction to the situation in Syria during the last twenty years or so, written by an English woman fluent in Arabic who has lived in Syria and knows it well, please do read My House in Damascus: An inside view of the Syrian crisis, by Diana Darke (Haus Publishing, 2016). A fantastic book, and another one very highly recommended.
Please do meditate on the photographs of Syrian refugees all taken in just the one year of 2015 at:
Look into the faces of these people, human beings exactly like us - our brothers and sisters, our own children. Use them to inspire a determination both to help the current refugees and also to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.
More links will be added as and when they are appropriate and useful.