The Government has announced a new initiative to help Ukrainians fleeing the war find somewhere to stay in the United Kingdom.
The Homes for Ukraine Scheme allows UK individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation for Ukrainians and their immediate family members who have been forced to leave their homes.
Cllr Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council, said: “Over 2.8 million people have now fled Ukraine because of the Russian invasion. Since the scheme opened, more than 120,000 British people have already registered to offer accommodation to Ukrainian refugees, demonstrating the admirable generosity that exists across our nation. I would urge anyone with the space to spare to open their hearts and homes to those whose lives have been ravaged by this dreadful war.”
Sponsors are expected to be able to provide a residential spare room or separate self-contained accommodation, fit for people to live in, for a minimum of 6 months.
The first phase of the scheme commences on Friday 18 March for visa applications from Ukrainians who have named people willing to sponsor them. Those people or organisations in the United Kingdom who do not already know someone fleeing Ukraine can register their interest in being a sponsor and will be kept updated as the scheme continues.
For more information and to register your interest in providing accommodation, please see the Government website at https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/
If you cannot provide accommodation but would like to offer financial support, you can make a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal on their website.
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