The Government is encouraging individuals, charities, community groups and businesses across the country to step forward and offer their support to thousands of people and their immediate family members who have fled the terrible events in Ukraine and need a route to safety.
They are urging anyone who is in a position to help, who fulfils the sponsorship requirements and with a spare room or empty home, to step up and join this national effort.
The Government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme gives information on how to apply, plus updates. Register at Homes for Ukraine: record your interest – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) To be part of the scheme officially, you have to sign up officially.
You do not need to know a Ukrainian person. There is a different scheme (The Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme) for sponsors who have named contacts who need visas.
Every day, further details emerge on how this scheme will work in Rother, and the exact roles that will be played by East Sussex County Council, Rother District Council and the Bexhill and other hubs that have been created to support families and hosts.
Local groups or organisations who are looking to get involved should e-mail email@example.com on 01424 787000
This Government Factsheet covers all aspects of the visa support provided by the Home Office for Ukrainian refugees themselves.
We have been advised to alert residents to the risks in using social media or organisations/people you do not trust, to match with a family. Every effort is being made to ensure the refugees are safe and not at risk.