‘May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family.’ Pope Francis.
Following Pope Francis’s call to action asking parishioners to welcome and help resettle refugees, Nugent has been working to put local communities at the heart of a family’s journey to a new life in the UK through the Home Office Community Sponsorship scheme: https://resetuk.org/
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the global scale of the refugee crisis, but through Community Sponsorship, people come together to welcome families into their local areas and support them to find housing, jobs, schools and doctors, and empower them to become self-sufficient.
Community Sponsorship harnesses the generosity of local people. It breaks down barriers and offers critical support to refugees, who have experienced immense hardship and heartache.
Nugent is the lead sponsor for Community Sponsorship in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, and has been blessed by over 100 parish volunteers coming forward to welcome and sponsor a family in their local community. Five parishes are currently involved in the scheme, and to date we have welcomed 17 refugees from four families, the first of which arrived in December 2018.
Each family is aided by a team of more than 20 parish volunteers, enabling each family member to settle, integrate into the local community and build a new life here in the Archdiocese.
Parish volunteers typically describe the experience as ‘the best thing I have ever done in my life’ and speak of the profound joy and blessing of befriending families of such immense courage, resilience and determination.
The Home Office and Local Authorities have been impressed with the patience, professionalism and dedication of Catholic projects. With training and support from Nugent, these projects are increasingly seen as examples of best practice in this important work.
‘The Community Sponsorship scheme personalises a huge human drama by enabling local communities to welcome and support refugees in a real and tangible way,' said Cardinal Vincent Nichols.