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Support For Ukraine – How You Can Do Your Bit

As the war in Ukraine continues, Europe is witnessing one of its biggest refugee crisis’ since the Second World War. It is expected that 4 million people will be displaced by the conflict and millions more will be affected.

There has been a huge outpouring of support from people across the continent and we know that some of you will be looking at ways you can offer your help.

Here you’ll find all you need to know on how you can do this. 

These organisations are also accepting donations of a range of items and will benefit from people volunteering their time:

Leeds Ukrainian Community Centre
Leeds Polish Catholic Centre
TSL Kirklees Volunteering
Halifax Ukrainian Club
Huddersfield Ukrainian Club

Homes For Ukraine is a government scheme that allows you to support a Ukrainian refugee by having them stay at your home in a spare room or separate/self-contained accommodation for at least 6 months.

Here is some more information on what we’re doing to support this effort and how you can be part of it:

What is Connect Housing doing?

  • We are working closely with local authorities to make sure we are contributing to any local efforts to provide housing for Ukrainian refugees.

What are the options available to host someone seeking resettlement?

  • The most up to date and key information on the government’s ‘Homes For Ukraine’ scheme can be accessed here.
  • There are FAQs you can view here if you want to find out more on the scheme.
  • Consider your decision to apply for the scheme carefully before doing it. If you would like to host someone as part of the scheme then register your interest here and we will then confirm whether you have done so before agreeing for you to host.

Am I able to open up my home to host Ukrainians looking for resettlement?

  • Yes. We want this to be as easy as possible for you to do. For us to consider a request for you to do this, please complete the form below and we will get back to you.

Key details

  • You should not request any payment or charge to anyone you host as part of the scheme.
  • It is a big responsibility to host someone that has fled war in your home, so we ask you to consider these things before deciding to do so:
    • Size of your home: there are clear guidelines on our properties being overcrowded so make sure that hosting someone in your home does not contradict these.
    • Financial assistance with your rent: having someone live with you even if it’s for a short period of time can impact any financial support you’re receiving with things like your rent. It’s important you enquire with any of these services and check if they’ll be impacted by hosting someone.
    • Other specific arrangements relating to your home: there may be some specific arrangements relating to your home that mean hosting someone will be difficult e.g. if you receive support services or care.
    • Insurance agreements: remember to check whether any insurance policies on your home or contents would be impacted by this.

 

 

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