Supporting families leaving Ukraine
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Updated 1 November 2022
As a borough, we have a proud history of helping the government deliver support for refugees looking to start a new life away from conflict and violence.
The council is committed to ensuring the borough plays its part in assisting the government’s plans to support families coming to the UK from Ukraine. We have a well-established network of key partners we are helping to coordinate our support locally.
This is a fast-moving situation that is developing at pace and changing rapidly.
The government has published guidance around people coming to the UK from Ukraine, including:
- Welcome guide
- Guidance for people arriving in the UK
- Guidance for sponsors
- How to register under the homes for Ukraine campaign
- Frequently asked questions
- Information on accessing financial support
- Guidance for coming to the UK with pets
Hampshire County Council role
Hampshire County Council has confirmed that it is leading on the response to the Ukrainian families coming to the area to escape the conflict, under the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, using government funding. This includes:
- checking sponsorship arrangements
- doing home visits
- inspections around safeguarding and fire safety
- DBS safeguarding and criminal record checks
- providing initial financial support
- assisting with school places
- arranging fostering
- wellbeing checks.
On 28 September 2022 Hampshire County Council has announced that it will be paying an extra £200 per month to Hampshire residents hosting Ukrainian guests as part of the Government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme, over the next five months.
Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) has been doing great work leading on coordinating the community response, including support from communities for those arriving in the borough and directing people who want to make donations to help those fleeing Ukraine. More information is available on the BVA website.
There are drop in meetings for Ukrainian guests at Basingstoke Discovery Centre every Friday from 10am to 12 noon, and from Thursday 3 November 2022 informal meetings for Ukrainian guests and their hosts on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at Tadley & District Community Centre.
National charity Barnardo’s has set up The Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide support to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.
The free helpline, available by calling 0800 148 8586, is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, to offer support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine.
The helpline is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 8pm and Saturday between 10am and 3pm. Callers will be able to get help and advice on a range of topics.
As a council, we are supporting in any way we can. This may include key roles around homelessness and housing standards, ensuring that sponsors’ properties Ukrainian families and people are coming to are suitable if concerns are raised by Hampshire County Council as part of their safeguarding inspections. We are supporting BVA in community liaison work and are also engaging with all partners to coordinate and share information about the situation and changes as quickly as possible to keep them informed and engaged and to keep residents and communities updated.
Basingstoke and Deane is working in partnership with Hampshire County Council to try and ensure that where existing arrangements between refugees and Homes for Ukraine Scheme sponsors are proving to be unsustainable, that refugees can be matched with alternative hosts in this area.
In order to deliver an effective re-matching service, we would ask any residents who wish to become sponsors to provide information about the type and size of household they may be seeking to accommodate and the type of accommodation they are looking to offer through the scheme.
If you would like to become a sponsor under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, please complete the survey below.
If you are a landlord and would like to rent your property to a family or individual from the Ukraine, please complete our landlord enquiry form on our Deposit bond scheme page or call us to speak to our Landlord Liaison team.
Ukrainian guests and hosts information event
The borough council hosted an information and support event for Ukrainian guests and hosts on Thursday 27 October 2022 at the council offices in London Road.
The drop-in event was well attended and gave visitors the opportunity to meet with a range of agencies providing support and information including employment advice, education opportunities, housing advice and health advice. The event was also an opportunity for hosts and people interested in hosting to find out more information and receive advice.
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