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Refugee community scheme offers sanctuary to ‘treasured human beings’

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has welcomed a new scheme to allow community groups to directly sponsor a refugee family ...

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has welcomed a new scheme to allow community groups to directly sponsor a refugee family.

Archbishop Justin Welby said the scheme would allow churches and other civil society groups “to provide sanctuary to those fleeing war-torn places.”

The Full Community Sponsorship scheme was launched today by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Archbishop Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace. The scheme will enable charities, faith groups, churches and businesses to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK.

“The Full Community Sponsorship Scheme presents churches and other civil society groups with the opportunity to provide sanctuary to those fleeing war-torn places.

“Refugees, like all people, are treasured human beings made in the image of God who deserve safety, freedom and the opportunity to flourish.  

“It is an enormous privilege to welcome a family to live in a cottage in the grounds of Lambeth Palace. I am hugely grateful to the Home Office and Lambeth Council for their tireless work and support in enabling this to happen.”

Find out more about the Full Community Sponsorship scheme, including how to apply, on the gov.uk website.

PHOTO: Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Archbishop Justin Welby launch the Full Community Sponsorship scheme at Lambeth Palace. (Photograph: Lambeth Palace)

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