Ukraine webinar provides latest news on support and next steps
Wiltshire Council hosted a Ukraine webinar on Wednesday (28 September) to provide latest information on support available and hear from hosts and community figures.
The webinar is available to view at https://youtu.be/ceVwdQTbH4c and questions asked during the evening will later be shared on the Wilshire Council Ukraine pages Wiltshire stands with Ukraine.
Latest figures show 601 sponsors have been matched with 1,547 individuals under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Figures for Wiltshire indicate 1,103 Ukraine guests have arrived and are now in 450 households across the county.
All children arriving from Ukraine can access education and childcare. There have been 356 school applications, 214 primary and 142 secondary applications, with 344 school places offered and the rest pending.
So far 162 Ukrainians have attended English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. Ukraine guests wishing to join a course can apply or find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The webinar was held as many households come up to the minimum six-month period for providing a home for Ukraine guests and hosts were reminded to advise Wiltshire Council of their future plans.
Caseworkers are contacting all sponsorships to offer support and information regarding future options. Some sponsors will continue as a host for 12 months and beyond. For others, Wiltshire Council will look to support with rematching guests with new sponsors where possible. A dedicated worker. who will work with sponsors and Ukraine families around the options available in the private rented sector. is also being appointed.
Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council, recognised the many community hubs that have been offering support across Wiltshire. Details of hubs are on the Ukraine pages on Community support.
Cllr Clewer said: "This online meeting was once again a good opportunity to hear from everyone and share latest news and updates. Wiltshire people have been extremely welcoming and as a local authority we are one of the highest in the country to have taken in Ukraine guests. We also have many of our community providing a valuable source of information and support across hubs throughout Wiltshire and I wanted to thank them for the valuable role they play.
"Many of our hosts are part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme, which asked for a minimum of six months' accommodation for Ukraine guests. We are asking hosts to let us know if they will continue to host, ideally giving two months' notice, so we can work with them on reviewing all the options. People who couldn't attend will have a chance to watch it again on the online link and we're also publishing all the questions and answers. We'll continue to share as much information as possible."
People can read FAQs, download welcome packs for Ukraine guests and see community links, alongside other valuable information at Wiltshire stands with Ukraine- Wiltshire Council.
If there are specific questions related to being a host or providing community support, people can email H4U@wiltshire.gov.uk.