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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.

Why is the person visiting my home from a charity and not the council?

Gloucestershire Housing Partnership and GARAS are working together closely on the local response to the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. GARAS have substantial expertise in supporting refugee resettlement and have been a trusted partner for the local authority on other refugee resettlement programmes in Gloucestershire.

It is likely that over the longer-term, GARAS will be playing a growing role in providing individual support to your guests as they settle into life in Gloucestershire. If you have concerns regarding GARAS visiting your home, then you should make this clear during the initial call from the Welcome Team – however, if this worries you then we would suggest you should consider if hosting a refugee in your home is appropriate for you. 

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

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