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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.

The Welcome Visit will be carried out by either a member of County Council staff or by a Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS).

They will want to meet you and all of your guests together, including any children. During this visit they will want to check that your guest feels safe and to understand any problems they are facing. Please be aware that to do this they are likely to give your guest an opportunity to speak with them privately. We would ask you to respect and facilitate this.

They will provide some additional information to you and your guest about registering for key services. They may also provide some essential items, and may include a “Door Jammer”.

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

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