We now have quite a few Ukrainian guests in and around Campden. Various activities are being arranged for them: English classes, suppers, outings, coffee mornings, work opportunities etc.

If you would like to help with any of these or have any other suggestions, please let us know and join the WhatsApp group below which is a great way to stay informed about what's going on.

Please contact us if you are
able to host someone fleeing Ukraine
can offer backup support
would like to go on our mailing list so we can keep you informed
are a Ukrainian guest and would like any form of help or support
Working Together
These are some of the groups and organisations working with and for our Ukrainian guests, their hosts and others willing to offer support.
WhatsApp Group
WhatsApp Group for Campden area residents interested in offering any form of support. This is the link to the group.
English classes
English as a foreign language classes are taking place several times each week. If you have experience in this field, there may be a role for you. Please contact the hub if of interest.

We understand that local schools will follow government guidelines regarding the admission of pupils from Ukraine. The general guidance can be found here. We understand that the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is shortly to publish a Welcome Pack for refugees from Ukraine, in Ukrainian and Russian, and this will include an annex advising them on how to apply for a school. Any Ukrainian family with children should contact a school directly (see our Young People page) and complete an in-year application form. Details can be found here.
Help And Homes For Refugees In Chipping Campden And The Cotswolds
The Government Scheme
This bespoke scheme will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for those forced to escape their homeland.
UkraineTakeShelter is a web platform set up by two Harvard graduates helping to connect Ukrainian refugees with potential hosts in internationally. The site includes verification of both hosts and refugees. You can register as a potential host here.
Sanctuary Foundation
Seems to be an excellent charity helping facilitate Ukrainian refugees to settle in UK. They have a lot of information and guidance which is very useful. You can sign up as a church, individual, organisation etc.
Connecting refugees with sponsors where you can register your interest in sponsoring a refugee.
Refugees at Home is a UK charity which connects those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.
Room For Refugees is a community hosting network that offers safe, temporary homes and pastoral support for insecurely housed refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable groups.
Information leaflet for Ukrainians arriving in the UK
A helpful leaflet is available from this link.

Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain
The Gloucester branch of the largest representative body for Ukrainians and those of Ukrainian descent in the UK. It exists to develop, promote and support the interests of the Ukrainian community in the UK.

Charity Donation

We sent a donation to World Central Kitchen (WCK) and thought you might like to know something about them.

They are an American charity which set up kitchens serving hot, nourishing meals to those fleeing Ukraine who are now in Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Hungary. They are also partnering with restaurants inside Ukraine to get hot meals to anyone in need.

They are serving 250,000 hot meals every day with more than 3.5 million meals served so far.

In addition to freshly prepared meals, they have distributed over 2,000 tons of food to cities across Ukraine

For more information or to donate directly to them please visit their website.

Visa Applications

According to The Times, the Home Office is being blamed for visa applications being handled very slowly. However, it is hoped that the process will speed up and we will be able to welcome more people fleeing Ukraine to the Campden area.

Hosts involved in the application process should obtain as much information as possible about those they will be welcoming to ensure a good "fit" into their homes.

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