Local Homes for Ukraine

February 2023 update from West Berkshire Council

The number of new Ukraine arrivals has slowed but we have guests whose hosting arrangements are coming to an end. This can be due to changes in family circumstances, health issues, decorating/building work, and understandably financial concerns. Some people also need to take a break after having a family in their home for several months. These guests aren’t ready to move into their own independent private accommodation and would benefit from a continued hosting arrangement.

If you have a spare room or empty home, and you can offer a home to a Ukraine guest or family you can register to be a host.

You may have already hosted a guest and would be willing to host again or be considering hosting for the first time.

To find out more about being a host please see the government’s Guidance for sponsors

If you do feel that you could re-host now, or after a break, or feel you like to host for the first time please get in touch with the Ukraine Hub Team at ukraine@westberks.gov.uk or contact us on 01635 503579 for an informal chat we would be very happy to hear from you.

The Newbury Group have also compiled these information sheets for hosts:

Ukrainian Hosting Pamphlet – everything you need to consider when making the decision to host

Ukrainian Guests Welcome Pack – how to prepare your home for guests

Funding to support Ukrainian families in West Berkshire

If you would like to make a financial contribution Greenham Trust has set up an appeal on The Good Exchange to provide local funding to support Ukrainian families arriving in West Berkshire. You can donate here and your donation will be matched.

Newbury Ukraine Support Group

Newbury Ukraine Support Group works to support hosts and their Ukrainian refugee guests in the Newbury area. Please join their facebook group here.

There are many ways that volunteers can be involved from driving and babysitting to fundraising and organising social events for guests and hosts.  Volunteers can sign up here.

Chieveley & Surrounding Villages Ukraine Support Group

Please contact the organiser on 07768 757183 to be added to their WhatsApp group.

Hungerford Ukraine Support Group

If you live in Hungerford and would like to host or support refugees please contact Rachel Barker on rachel@rbarker.co.uk or see more details about this group here.

West Berkshire Ukraine Support Hub

West Berks Ukraine Support Hub is open 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Fridays. Contact 01635 503579 or ukraine@westberks.gov.uk.

See the report here on the first meeting of local groups offering support to families hosting refugees.

More information is available here: westberks.gov.uk/homesforukraine

School Places

Hosts are able to contact schools directly about places for their guests’ children. Alternatively you can go through West Berkshre Council but this seems to take longer.

 

Wantage Support for Ukrainian Refugees

In order to support hosts and welcome guests into the community, Wantage Town Council have created a “Register of Ukrainian Hosting in Wantage Area”.  Information captured will be maintained in strict accordance with the Council Privacy Policy.

The purpose is to provide information for the hosts and guests about the various agencies within the Wantage Area, such as GPs, Dentists, Schools, Church communities, Vale Community Impact and many others.

If you would like to host please register with Wantage Town Council here. For more information please contact ukraine@wantagetowncouncil.gov.uk

Wantage & Surrounding Area Ukrainian Refugee Support facebook group

Wiltshire Support for Ukrainian Refugees

Please see recent details from Wiltshire Council here about the welcome they will be offering to refugees.

 

Marlborough Area Support Group

Please join their facebook group here.

 

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