UkraineKeep up to date on help available for Ukrainian families and their hosts.
Wiltshire Council has a welcome pack for Ukrainian guests, information to support hosts or people considering becoming hosts, frequently asked questions, links to local charities offering support and much more.
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Currently on Saturdays at 11am Ukrainian families living in the area have been gathering in St Peter’s for coffee, juice and biscuits. This is an opportunity for them to share experiences and with the help of translators to learn a bit more what sort of help might be available to support them. Richard Ramsden and Colin and Maria Fraser are the organisers. https://stpetersmarlborough.org.uk/st-peters-welcomes-ukrainian-families
Here's the latest update from Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council
10 June 2022
Our Ukrainian guests continue to arrive and settle in communities. We thank you for your ongoing support and we hope you find these briefings provide useful updates.
Latest figures show approximately 2850 households have registered for the Homes for Ukraine scheme and currently 537 households have been matched with 1,383 individuals. There are 230 school applications, 145 primary and 85 secondary. 155 school places are under offer, with the rest pending.
There are a number of community groups set up across Wiltshire which are supporting Ukrainian guests. The latest information on these groups is available on Key information links - Wiltshire Council
The Wiltshire Together website is also a good source of advice and information and also has details on community support, including a page on Supporting Wiltshire's Refugees.
Pound Arts in Corsham has introduced an initiative to open the doors of cultural organisations across the county to welcome refugees and provide free tickets. A host of organisations have agreed to take part - meaning free tickets to music, theatre, museums etc. The initiative is spreading beyond Wiltshire. To book just get in touch with your local organisation and ask for tickets. Our communities are keen to welcome all. More details on Pound Arts shows are available here Homepage - Pound Arts. Look out for other organisations showing the Culture Welcomes Refugees logo to find other venues joining in this initiative.
We have a number of Ukraine nationals taking up lessons for people aged 19+ from the Wiltshire Council Family and Community Learning (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses and the plan is to deliver courses across Wiltshire over the next couple of months. Melksham is currently underway with a new cohort due to start in July. The next cohort for Chippenham is in July. Devizes ESOL lessons started on 8 June and Calne the week beginning the 27 June with similar numbers projected. Salisbury is starting on 30 June and Marlborough is due to start in July. Details will be shared on the Work Wiltshire website in the coming days. People can find out more about the ESOL courses by going to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01225 770478.
For young people aged 16 plus there is a host of information on options for employment, education and training on our Work Wiltshire pages. Support for young people arriving from Ukraine - Work Wiltshire. The pages have information on transport, higher education, community support, and resources/equipment. There is more information about this in our news story - Training and job opportunities for Ukraine nationals in Wiltshire - Wiltshire Council
Employers who want to offer work to Ukraine nationals can find out more about how to register and share job offers by visiting the government pages - Offer work to people who have come to the UK from Ukraine - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). More detail for employers is available at UNHCR - Tapping Potential: Guidelines to Help British Businesses Employ Refugees.
There is also advice available for Ukraine nationals on finding work in the UK Government information pack Ukraine_Welcome_Guide.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)
You may find people do regularly approach you for details on how we are supporting Ukraine nationals here in Wiltshire. They may have more specific queries around payments or the £200 voucher. Please encourage them to view our Ukraine web pages which has information for sponsors and more general information as well as a welcome pack for Ukraine people living in Wiltshire. Wiltshire stands with Ukraine - Wiltshire Council
Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council