Derbyshire resettlement partnership, which includes us, local district and borough councils and a range of other public sector agencies, and charitable organisations all working together, is seeking more hosts to support the Homes for Ukraine scheme. The partnership, which previously coordinated the response to calls from government to house Afghan refugees, is particularly interested in hearing from people who may have already expressed an interest to offer accommodation to Ukrainian nationals but have yet to be matched with a guest.
New hosts are being sought for a range of reasons including to help support Ukrainian guests whose original accommodation hasn’t worked out, or where their original hosts have had changes to their personal circumstances meaning they are unable to continue to offer the use of their home. In addition, as more visa applications are approved with arrivals looking to make Derbyshire their temporary home, further hosts are needed to help meet demand.
Currently, there are known to be around 1,100 Ukrainian refugees who have joined their Derbyshire hosts. Prospective hosts need to be able to offer accommodation for a minimum of 6 months, and those who are successfully matched to Ukrainian guests are offered a £350 per month ‘thank you’ payment.
Hosts should also expect to provide a basic level of support including welcoming their guests to the local area and helping with tasks such as registering with a GP, accessing local and public services, and opening a bank account.
The Government’s Homes for Ukraine ‘Sponsor Guidance’ outlines important information and things to think about before signing up to the scheme. You can find out more about the government scheme and also relevant local information
Support provided by the partnership includes carrying out safeguarding checks to make sure refugees are settled into safe and supportive homes, administering emergency payments of £200 to refugees and the monthly thank-you payments to hosts, helping to secure school places for arriving children and young people and offering advice on how to access other services, like healthcare or welfare benefits.
If you think you could commit to hosting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Barry Lewis said:
“Derbyshire has always been a welcoming and compassionate place and we give our heartfelt thanks to Derbyshire families who have opened their homes to help those fleeing war in Ukraine.
“Now we’re calling on those who offered their support initially but weren’t matched with a guest, as well as residents who were not in a position to help earlier in the year but whose circumstances have since changed, to get in touch if they are able to offer accommodation. We recognise that circumstances change for both hosts and guests and our Homes for Ukraine team is on hand to answer any questions from those interested in supporting the scheme.”
Anyone who would like to offer support other than accommodation should email email@example.com