Homes for Ukraine
The Homes for Ukraine scheme set up by the Government is enabling individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members. Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but there is a minimum expectation of 6 months. You can find out more on the Gov.uk website.
What does being a host involve?
Hosting an individual or family fleeing the war is an incredibly valuable and generous thing to do, but will require commitment. Before you submit your application to be a host here are some details on what that process will involve.
- Accommodation must be available for at least 6 months.
- Before your guests arrive, we will undertake an inspection to check the property is suitable and safe, as well as discussing the specific details of who your guest is and when you are expecting them. An example of what we will be checking is:
- number of available bedrooms and sizes
- communal rooms - such as kitchens and bathrooms
- gas and electrical safety checks
- alarms such as Fire and CO
- is the property insured for lodgers, and approved by mortgage company for lodgers?
- property facilities will be reviewed against guest needs and accessibility requirements
- You will be asked to sign a self-declaration on previous fraud or criminal offences.
- Every adult (over 16) in a host home will need to undertake a DBS check. If you are hosting any children, it will be necessary to carry out an enhanced DBS check. Checks will also be undertaken on those arriving from Ukraine.
- Refugees are entitled to a £200 cash payment. We will be processed as soon as possible after they arrive.
- Hosts cannot charge rent for the rooms occupied by guests.
- Hosts are not expected to provide meals but there is nothing stopping you offering meals if you wish. You will not be expected to cover the costs of food and living expenses
- We will be in contact with you during your guests stay to ensure both hosts and guests are happy with the arrangement.
- Those arriving under the scheme will be able to access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition. You will be expected to support your guest in integrating into society and accessing day to day services they may require. Examples of services are listed below.
If you are still interested in submitting an application to be a host you can register your interest here.
Information for Sponsors - support available for refugees when arriving in the country
Free travel for Ukrainians
The Rail Delivery Group has announced they are offering free travel to Ukrainian nationals travelling to the UK on National Rail services, to help them get to a safe place. To make use of this scheme, Ukrainians will need to show a Ukraine passport and a boarding pass or ticket showing their arrival into the UK. Find out more here.
Barnardo’s free helpline to support Ukrainian families
The conflict and ongoing violence in Ukraine has caused families to forcibly leave their homes, in search of safety, with many arriving in the UK.
In response to this, following discussion with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Barnardo’s has set up the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service. The helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.
Barnardo’s free helpline (0800 148 8586) is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, to offer support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine.
The helpline is open Monday – Friday (10:00am – 8:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am – 3:00pm). Callers will be able to get help and advice on a range of issues.