Refugee Day marked in Warwickshire by celebrating the Homes for Ukraine scheme - The Leamington Observer

Refugee Day marked in Warwickshire by celebrating the Homes for Ukraine scheme

REFUGEE Day is being celebrated in Warwickshire by recognising the kindness of residents through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

People across the county have stepped up to help those forced to leave their homes due to conflicts and crises. They have offered sanctuary, support, and friendship to individuals and families in need.

And as the conflict in Ukraine continues, the Homes for Ukraine scheme has been providing a place of safety and refuge for Ukrainian individuals and families.

More than 1,100 Ukrainians have arrived in the county, with the support of more than 610 residents who have opened their homes and became hosts.

Yvonne is one of the Warwickshire residents that has shown their hospitality and generosity to Ukrainians.

Yvonne said: “After losing my son in 2021, I felt a profound void in my life. I live alone in a four-bedroom house, and I was moved by the plight of Ukrainians having to flee their country. I was not sure how to become a sponsor, I thought I could do it through my church as I was wary of strangers coming into my house.”

Yvonne’s journey as a host began when she met a local vicar who was hosting a family in her village who introduced her to a single woman and a mother and daughter that were already in Rugby as part of a family-assisted scheme.

Without hesitation, Yvonne started the process of becoming a sponsor and now has three people living in her home.

Yvonne continued: “I had my house inspection after I had a gas safety report done. As I have an ensuite, it meant I could offer a bedroom and bathroom for my guest. Although there were some delays regarding passport processing, my guest’s visa was approved after a week. It took until late August before they finally arrived in England. In the meantime, the family-assisted scheme placement for the mother and daughter fell apart but it was not possible for them to join the homes for Ukraine scheme. I was able to offer to help and now I have three guests.

“Warwickshire County Council Homes for Ukraine team has been incredibly supportive helping with various necessities such as navigating the job centre, English classes, and any other requirements.”

The Homes for Ukraine scheme offers a safe route to Ukrainians who want to come to the UK and who have someone as a sponsor willing to provide them with a home.

Each lead sponsor under the Homes for Ukraine scheme is entitled to an optional thank-you payment of £350 for the first six months rising to £500 on month seven for up to 24 months as long as the guests remain in their accommodation.

This payment will be tax-free and should not affect the sponsor’s entitlement to benefits or council tax status.

Anyone able to offer a safe home to people fleeing Ukraine can enquire about becoming a sponsor as part of the scheme.

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