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The Government’s vulnerable persons resettlement schemes provide sanctuary in the UK to people identified by the UNHCR as in desperate need of assistance. DPIA provides these individuals with a vital programme of support, to them help grow in independence, confidence and to integrate into their new lives in Wales.

What is the project?

DPIA work alongside local authorities in Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent to support refugees who have been provided with sanctuary under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) and Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (RVC).
Over a five-year period, we offer resettled families a comprehensive package of orientation and integration support services, which are tailored to their individual needs. During the first year of their resettlement, families receive intensive support, with this support reducing every year as families build independence, confidence and integrate into their local community.

“The people coming to the UK under the VPRS are in desperate need of assistance and many have significant needs. It prioritises those who cannot be supported effectively in their region of origin: women and children at risk, people in severe need of medical care and survivors of torture and violence amongst others.”

– Home Office (read article here)

When was it set up and who pays for it?

The VPRS and the RVC are funded by the UK Government, with Local Authorities responsible for the support package offered. We have been appointed by Local Authorities in Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent to provide this support to the families they have received.
We have worked with VPRS families in Caerphilly and Torfaen since they received their first families in 2015, and in Blaenau Gwent since they welcomed their first family in 2016.
We started working with RVC families in Torfaen when they welcomed their first family in 2016, and in Blaenau Gwent when their first family arrived in 2017.

What has it achieved?

Since 2015, DPIA have provided ongoing support to more than 20 families who have been resettled under the SVPR and RVC. That’s over 100 people who we have supported!

Within 5 years of resettlement:

– 100% Felt a part of their local community
– 100% Felt their social life had improved
– 100% Felt confident and able to communicate in English
– 92% Felt able to navigate health services independently
– 96% Increased their skills in home management
– 92% Felt more able to manage their own finances

“I am so proud that three of our service users have worked hard enough to be in the position to make applications to university this year in such a short time!”
-Abby (Resettlement Caseworker)


In 2016, Amira and Mahdi were resettled with their three children. Amongst other support, Amira and Mahdi were assisted with accessing ESOL and college courses. DPIA removed barriers, from helping find childcare to supporting Mahdi to gain employment alongside the course. Developing their education has given these parents the opportunity to secure successful careers and a brighter future for their family.

“DPIA play an important role in helping newly arrived refugees in the UK. Since we arrived in 2016, they have provided us with a service which has supported us with everything. They guide us in the right direction, and they help us to find safe and legal routes in this country. DPIA have an integrated and co-operative team who provide the best support for families. There has been a big change in our English from since we arrived to now. When we arrived, we had very basic English, but DPIA provided the support to improve our English by finding us places at college. First, we studied ESOL, then we were provided with the advice to find the right course for us. We are now studying Access to Bioscience and today we are both waiting to hear back from the universities we applied to for Paramedic Science and Adult Nursing. DPIA have always helped and encouraged us to further our education to rebuild our lives.”

– Mahdi

Get in touch!

To access this service, individuals must be accepted by the local authority for resettlement. To find out more about this project or ask a question, please contact:

Faruk Ogut | Resettlement Team Coordinator | | t: 02920 789 733 | m: 07929 032 818

Korin Jones | Resettlement Caseworker |