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.

The Gloucestershire Housing Partnership is supporting GARAS to recruit new Resettlement Officers to help guests arriving under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. They will be able to provide dedicated and specialist help to your guest in integrating into life in the UK. However, it will take some time to recruit this team and in the meantime there are things you can do to help.

There is great advice on how hosts can support refugees in their homes available through Refugees at Home.

It is expected that sponsors will help their guests to register for schools, medical care, and benefits (see below in other sections for further information on how to do this). You can also help by showing them around your local area and showing them how to access local leisure facilities, public transport options and other facilities. Our local libraries have lots of facilities e.g. computers with internet access and other free resources you might like to explore with your guests. You can find opening times online.

It can be tempting to want to do everything for your guests: but we would encourage you to consider how you can help them to do things independently. This will ultimately help them to feel settled. They may find it useful to contact Gloucestershire’s Ukrainian diaspora community; to access culturally relevant food; or attend relevant church services.

There is also a Welcome Guide for Ukrainians available in different languages on the Government website and we will also be developing a local guide. 

During this very distressing and uncertain time, children and adults will need continued support. Barnados Ukrainian Helpline provides a holistic support service, available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine -

Phone: 0800 148 8586  

Email: ukrainiansupport@barnardos.org.uk  

 

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

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