Crisis Information



Local Action

Find further information at a local level including:

Bexhill Hub to Support Ukraine
Battle Hub to Support Ukraine
Burwash Hub to Support Ukraine
Robertsbridge Hub to Support Ukraine
Rye Hub to Support Ukraine 

Information on these sites will support groups, volunteers and organisations.

We are working hard to collect information and resources regarding local groups. We will keep this section updated with links to local community action for Ukraine.

What is it like to host a refugee?

September 12th, 2022|

What is it like to host a refugee? Hear about the experiences of current hosts and guests, the support, the financial arrangements, the challenges and the

How Can I Help?

House a refugee

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 ( 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 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.

Useful Links

House a Refugee

Local groups or organisations who are looking to get involved can email or phone:

Host Information

Read the latest East Sussex Country Council Homes of Ukraine newsletter for hosts HERE

Hosts are being asked to provide details of everyone aged 16 or over in their household so that we can carry out DBS and other safety checks to identify any risks.

Where a risk is identified, an expert panel will decide appropriate action – which might include moving guests to another property or advising them of risk they could be exposed to.

Currently, only a small handful of guests have arrived in East Sussex. Most are travelling and/or waiting for visas.

Visas are entirely managed by the Home Office and we cannot give people any information about the progress of visa applications.

People are asked to contact the Government helpline on:

+44 808 164 8810
0808 164 8810 (in the UK)

Ukrainian Refugees

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Hosts are also being contacted by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to arrange home visits to ensure properties are suitable for sharing.

In some cases, guests will already have arrived while these checks are being carried out.

Residents are asked not to contact local authorities or ESFRS with questions about when checks will take place. Some are already under way and everyone will be contacted as soon as theirs can be arranged.


Find out more about Donations HERE