Bringing hope and transforming the lives of refugee families one life at a time

'Bringing hope and transforming the lives of refugee families one life at a time.'


Current news.




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Community Sponsorship Awards.

CHARIS attended the first Annual Community Sponsorship Awards in London on 2nd October. We were delighted to be asked to join the UK Home Office on stage to accept an International Award from Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) in Canada, awarded to the UK Government and Civil Partners in the UK for the development and international promotion of Community Sponsorship.


Second family welcomed.

We are delighted to share with you that we welcomed our second refugee family to Taunton recently...

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Our Vision.


From the outset, CHARIS was passionate about making a difference, even if it was to just one life.  Our desire to see one family offered hope and their circumstances transformed was quickly realised...
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Supporting us.



There are many ways to get involved.  All are immensely rewarding and enriching; many of those that have been part of CHARIS so far testify to the significant positive impact on their own lives as well as the encouragement of seeing the lives of the refugee families change so much for the better...

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Each family need CHARIS settles needs a new home and a place to live. Do you have a property…

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Money can often be a difficult subject and yet it can be an opportunity for real blessing both to those who receive it and to those who generously donate it...

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CHARIS has been formed by three churches in Taunton Deane, UK...
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Our role in the South West.


CHARIS is working with Reset in shaping a national community-led resettlement programme to support refugees affected by the Syrian crisis, as they rebuild their lives in the UK. CHARIS is the South West partner of Reset. Together with other partners, we are funded by the Home Office and philanthropic foundations; mobilising the skills, resources and compassion of communities, faith groups, businesses and refugee charities.

In our role as the South West partner, we will be championing the Community Sponsorship programme by attending events and sharing our story of how we built a Community Sponsorship group, made an application to be an approved sponsor and the journey of resettlement with families. We also hope to support emerging groups across the region with resources and experience of the process.

The South West is leading the charge on Community Sponsorship. We are very excited by the enthusiasm in both our rural communities and cities! If you would like to know more about our role or indeed about Community Sponsorship, follow on the link below.  We would be delighted to chat with you or visit your group.

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