Community for Refugees Western Isles

Community Sponsorship is a government programme that gives the power to us to welcome a refugee family to our community and opens a door to families that would otherwise not gain access to support.


Current opportunities

Communities for Refugees – Western Isles is a volunteer group set up specifically to support the arrival of a family urgently needing to leave a situation of conflict or danger in one of the most severely disrupted parts of the world. Our formation follows a successful resettlement project run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES), through which eight families from Syria were supported to make new lives here in the Western Isles. We are working with national support organisation Sponsor Refugees and CnES to participate in a Home Office scheme, the Community Sponsorship Scheme. Under this scheme a community works in cooperation with the local authority to facilitate resettlement of a refugee family, allowing for more people to be welcomed, over and above the quota set by the UK Government. Since we were formed in late 2021 we have completed a lot of preparation work to welcome a new family here to Stornoway, and we have now been approved by the Home Office and matched with a family who are to come to the Western Isles over the next few months. If you join us, you will become part of a group that intends to give a family a chance to make a new life after a time of chaos and danger. A spokesperson for Sponsor Refugees told us: “You will be their friends and neighbours, who have done this out of the goodness of your heart and out of love. You do not need to be an expert in refugee integration, but you need to know how your own community works and to be able to give hours and skills over a long time to help people make a new life.” We have a strong committee in place, but we now need to find volunteers with specific skills and availability.

Communities for Refugees – Western Isles is a volunteer group set up specifically to support the arrival of a family urgently needing to leave a situation of conflict or danger in one of the most severely disrupted parts of the world. Our formation follows a successful resettlement project run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES), through which eight families from Syria were supported to make new lives here in the Western Isles. We are working with national support organisation Sponsor Refugees and CnES to participate in a Home Office scheme, the Community Sponsorship Scheme. Under this scheme a community works in cooperation with the local authority to facilitate resettlement of a refugee family, allowing for more people to be welcomed, over and above the quota set by the UK Government. Since we were formed in late 2021 we have completed a lot of preparation work to welcome a new family here to Stornoway, and we have now been approved by the Home Office and matched with a family who are to come to the Western Isles over the next few months. If you join us, you will become part of a group that intends to give a family a chance to make a new life after a time of chaos and danger. A spokesperson for Sponsor Refugees told us: “You will be their friends and neighbours, who have done this out of the goodness of your heart and out of love. You do not need to be an expert in refugee integration, but you need to know how your own community works and to be able to give hours and skills over a long time to help people make a new life.” We have a strong committee in place, but we now need to find volunteers with specific skills and availability.

Communities for Refugees – Western Isles is a volunteer group set up specifically to support the arrival of a family urgently needing to leave a situation of conflict or danger in one of the most severely disrupted parts of the world. Our formation follows a successful resettlement project run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES), through which eight families from Syria were supported to make new lives here in the Western Isles. We are working with national support organisation Sponsor Refugees and CnES to participate in a Home Office scheme, the Community Sponsorship Scheme. Under this scheme a community works in cooperation with the local authority to facilitate resettlement of a refugee family, allowing for more people to be welcomed, over and above the quota set by the UK Government. Since we were formed in late 2021 we have completed a lot of preparation work to welcome a new family here to Stornoway, and we have now been approved by the Home Office and matched with a family who are to come to the Western Isles over the next few months. If you join us, you will become part of a group that intends to give a family a chance to make a new life after a time of chaos and danger. A spokesperson for Sponsor Refugees told us: “You will be their friends and neighbours, who have done this out of the goodness of your heart and out of love. You do not need to be an expert in refugee integration, but you need to know how your own community works and to be able to give hours and skills over a long time to help people make a new life.” We have a strong committee in place, but we now need to find volunteers with specific skills and availability.

Communities for Refugees – Western Isles is a volunteer group set up specifically to support the arrival of a family urgently needing to leave a situation of conflict or danger in one of the most severely disrupted parts of the world. Our formation follows a successful resettlement project run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES), through which eight families from Syria were supported to make new lives here in the Western Isles. We are working with national support organisation Sponsor Refugees and CnES to participate in a Home Office scheme, the Community Sponsorship Scheme. Under this scheme a community works in cooperation with the local authority to facilitate resettlement of a refugee family, allowing for more people to be welcomed, over and above the quota set by the UK Government. Since we were formed in late 2021 we have completed a lot of preparation work to welcome a new family here to Stornoway, and we have now been approved by the Home Office and matched with a family who are to come to the Western Isles over the next few months. If you join us, you will become part of a group that intends to give a family a chance to make a new life after a time of chaos and danger. A spokesperson for Sponsor Refugees told us: “You will be their friends and neighbours, who have done this out of the goodness of your heart and out of love. You do not need to be an expert in refugee integration, but you need to know how your own community works and to be able to give hours and skills over a long time to help people make a new life.” We have a strong committee in place, but we now need to find volunteers with specific skills and availability.