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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.

Introducing your guest to your friends and neighbours, including on social media

As with media appearances, you should remember that your guest has been through a traumatic experience. However, it is likely that making social connections in the local area will help them to feel more at home. The important thing is to go at your guests’ pace, and not to put pressure on them to join you to attend social or community events until they are ready.

We would encourage you not to actively post about your guests’ arrival on social media: this may expose your guest to unwanted attention from others and may even attract Russian trolls who are very active in identifying and targeting prominent Ukrainians in media, including social media.

Page updated: 12/05/2023 Page updated by: GCC communications

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