East Cambridgeshire District Council is launching a renewed appeal for homeowners to help support people from Ukraine on the first year anniversary of the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
Since it was launched on 14 March 2022 extraordinary people from across our district have helped support more than 183 men, women and children from Ukraine fleeing the atrocities of the war.
But as the crisis continues more homeowners are needed.
Anyone who is able to offer a spare bedroom and some support for guests as they settle into a new life will receive an initial ‘thank you’ payment of £350 a month for the first 12 months.
This will then increase to £500 when the guest has been in the country for 12 months.
The Council, in partnership with many other organisations, is also able to offer lots of help, advice and resources to hosts and guests.
A special community hub has been established every Thursday at the Lighthouse Centre, in Ely which offers a welcome and friendly atmosphere for hosts and guests to meet and socialise, with a free play area and activities for the children, along with refreshments for all attending.
Councillor Anna Bailey, Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The first year of the Homes for Ukraine initiative has been a huge success. We are only a small district but we have been able to offer support to more than 183 men, women and children.
“However, we desperately need more families to come forward who are able to offer a spare room and provide some of the practical and emotional support needed to help these families into a new life.
“I know many people may be in a position to offer support but worried about what this actually means in practical terms. If you are one of those people then I would certainly encourage you to get in touch with the Council. We can provide you with more detailed information about what to expect and ensure the advice you receive is tailored to your personal circumstances.”
You can also read two case studies the Council has compiled after speaking with Ukrainian guest Olena and her hosts Suzanne and Dr Ian Lindsay, here:
Anyone who would like to find out more or register their interest should contact Angela Parmenter for an informal chat on 01353 665555.
For more information please visit the Ukraine pages on East Cambridgeshire District Council’s website.