Gloucestershire Homes for Ukraine sponsor guide

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Thank you for offering your home to someone in need. The generosity of people across the county in providing safety and refuge to those fleeing Russia’s war in Ukraine reflects the very best of our county.

We are working with the district councils; the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group; Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) and other partners to support sponsors and guests through the Gloucestershire Housing Partnership.

This guidance is being issued by the Gloucestershire Housing Partnership for those who have registered as sponsors in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme in Gloucestershire.

We are still receiving updates and information from central government regarding the scheme; requirements for sponsors; and how local authorities are expected to help. 

As more information becomes available, we will continue to update this guide. It should be read alongside the national guidance for sponsors.

Please read this Advice for Host Families pack produced by Barnardos and their partners. It contains more information about Ukraine culture differences and how to support someone suffering from traumatic experiences.

How can my guest access medical care?

Your guest has the same access to NHS care as you do, and they will receive a detailed guide in their own language to using the NHS in Gloucestershire as part of their Welcome Pack.

You can help your guest to access NHS care by helping them to register with your local GP. They will not need proof of address, immigration status or ID to do this. More information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/gps/how-to-register-with-a-gp-surgery/.

My guest has special medical or care needs? What should I do?

If your guest has or may have special medical or care needs it is important the local authority is aware of this so that we can help. More information on the services available for children and young people can be found on the NHS website here and contact details for the services provided within Gloucestershire can be found here 

It may be appropriate to discuss this during an Initial Welcome Visit, which will enable a care assessment to be arranged if that is appropriate or for details of how to access specialised medical services if that is what is required.

Your guest may feel more comfortable discussing this in private, including with a GP. Sponsors can help best by supporting their guest to have an opportunity to do so.

Page updated: 08/04/2022 Page updated by: GCC communications

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