Working together to support Ukraine
Gloucestershire County Council, the six district councils and GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) are working together to support those Ukrainian nationals fleeing the war who have been offered a place to stay in the county.
We have now received more details from the government about the Homes for Ukraine scheme and have begun contacting local sponsors this week. If you have volunteered as a sponsor and have matched with a Ukrainian national/s, you will be contacted by either your local district council or the county’s Homes for Ukraine Welcome Team.
The Homes for Ukraine Welcome Team will need to check some details about you and your guest, begin DBS checks, and make an appointment for someone to visit you and your guests, once they arrive – during this visit the Welcome Team will be able to provide some more information on other things, including on how your guests can register for medical care and school places.
The team works from information sent to them by the Home Office and has a long list of sponsors to contact but they will be in touch very soon. Please be reassured that the local checks are separate from the national process by which visas are issued so will not slow down the visa process. Locally, we will be prioritising contacting sponsors that we know have guests that are soon arriving / already arrived (as they have visas).
Districts councils are required to carry out a property check to make sure a sponsors’ property is suitable for the scheme and to talk through what help might be available if there are any problems. They will be in touch to arrange this.
We are awaiting further information from the government in relation to the thank you payments for sponsors and how those who have not matched with a guest can find someone who they can help. As soon as we have received further guidance, we will let you know.
Please visit our Ukrainian support webpages for further information.