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Ukrainian Connections: Uttlesford District Council holds community events

Two community meet-up and engagement events were held last week for Ukrainian guests living in the district and their hosts.

More than 30 people attended the drop-in events organised by Uttlesford District Council, which were an opportunity to meet and talk to others, share experiences and learn more about the community and individual support grants and services available to them. A Ukrainian-speaking support worker from Uttlesford Community Action Network was also on hand to offer advice.

More events will be planned in the New Year.

Cllr Maggie Sutton, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Local Partnerships, thanked everyone who attended. She said: "They were really positive events and I enjoyed meeting and speaking with members of Uttlesford's Ukrainian community.

"These types of activities are important in helping to make our guests feel welcome and integrated in the district and so that they can continue to establish their lives here as independently as possible."

Thanks to the generosity of Uttlesford residents opening up their homes, over 300 Ukrainians have arrived safely in the district. However, as the war continues, there is a need for more sponsors.

To help with the living costs, the government is giving sponsors £350 a month for guests spending their first year in the UK and £500 a month for the second, and now third year, to reflect the ongoing generosity of hosts in supporting those who have fled the war. Essex County Council is also giving residents £200 per month from months seven to 24 of their guests' stay.

If you have a spare room and the desire to make a difference to the lives of people impacted by the conflict in Ukraine, you can register your interest online: www.gov.uk/register-interest-homes-ukraine.

Further information about the help and support available for Ukrainian guests can be found at: www.uttlesford.gov.uk/support-for-ukraine.

 

4 December 2023