Welcome to Gloucestershire - useful information

You will need to open a bank account to be paid by your employer or to receive any benefits. Most banks will require proof of identification (such as your passport or biometric residency permit) and proof of address. Bank accounts should be opened in your name only if possible, and you should not let anyone open an account or apply for a credit card in your name.

The bank will be able to explain what can be used as proof of address, and many banks are working on how to help those who have arrived through the Homes for Ukraine scheme to open accounts. 

Some smaller towns or villages may not have a local bank branch. Your Sponsor should help you to find out which is the closest or most convenient bank. 

 

Benefits

P3 are a charity who the county council works with to help people to get support and advice on a range of complex issues. They can support with housing, homelessness or drug and alcohol related problems. You can access advice on benefits by contacting P3 at the following locations:

Cheltenham

Cotswolds

  • Tel: 0300 365 2002
  • In person: P3 Cirencester, Unit 4 Carpenters Building, Carpenters Lane, Cirencester GL7 1EE.Tel: 01285 652340
  • In person: P3 Moreton-in-Marsh, Upper Floors, The Windrush, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0LH.

Stroud

Gloucester

  • Tel: 01608 653377
  • Webpage: https://glos.p3charity.org/index.php
  • In person: Redwell Centre, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6JG. 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month 10.30am-12.30pm
  • In person: GL3 Hub, Cheltenham Road East, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 1HX.  Every Thursday, 12pm – 1pm

Forest of Dean

Tewkesbury

  • Tel: 01608 653377
  • Webpage: https://glos.p3charity.org/index.php
  • In person: Brockworth Library, Moorfield Road, Brockworth GL3 4EX. Every Monday 10am - 11am
  • In person: Northway Hub, Lee Walk, Northway, Tewkesbury GL20 8QG. 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10am – 11am
  • In person: Priors Park, Neighbourhood Project, Jubilee II Building, York Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5HU. Every Wednesday 10am - 12pm.

Modern Slavery, trafficking, minimum wage and how to get help

We recognise your stay here has happened under horrible circumstances, and the county council are very aware people may try to take advantage of this. We work closely with other organisations to prevent trafficking or any kind of exploitation happening to you.

If you are offered paid work, the minimum wage you are entitled to is £9.50 per hour. There are different rates if you are younger than 23 years of age. You can find out more information at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-national-minimum-wage-in-2022

Good, legal employers will never keep your original personal documents like Passport, ID cards or Visa paperwork from you.

If your employer expects you to travel for work but does not tell you where you are going, this is also a sign that your employer is taking advantage of you.

How to get help

Any workplace or Sponsor you stay with should make you feel safe. If you feel like you are in danger or suspect you are being exploited, please consider contacting the Police on 999.

If you do not wish to speak to Police, there are other options. You can contact the charity Unseen on 0303 040 2888 or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

A new website bringing together resources for Ukrainian nationals displaced to the UK is now available at www.ukrainianswelcome.org.

It is part of an initiative from anti-slavery groups aimed at keeping Ukrainian refugees safe from trafficking and helping them safely navigate life in the UK.

Page updated: 06/06/2022 Page updated by: Communications Team

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