Toggle menu

Ukraine Crisis

Support for Ukraine


Help and Organisations
Community groups
Immigration Advice
Travel to the UK
Transport in UK
Health and wellbeing
Mental Health and wellbeing
Employment
Education
Government resources
General
Library
Language help
How to report War Crimes
Beware of fraud and scams
Ways you can help


LATEST NEWS -  UPCOMING EVENTS

Bonfire night or Fireworks night

On 5th November, across the UK, Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated.  It can also be known as bonfire night or fireworks night.  The tradition goes back to the year 1605 when a man called Guy Fawkes was prevented from setting light to explosives under the Houses of Parliament in London in an attempt to kill King James I.  In the week before and after 5th November, events will be held which involve big bonfires, firework displays and often fairground rides.  There used to be a tradition of big models of Guy Fawkes being made and burned on the bonfires but this is becoming less popular. 

Throughout these weeks, you may find fireworks being lit in people's gardens in the evening, so you may hear lots of unexpected whizzes and bangs and see explosions of colour in the skies.  If these loud and unexpected noises trigger feelings of fear, please be reminded that Barnardos have a Ukraine Support Helpline available until 8pm from Monday to Friday and until 3pm on Saturdays, where you access psychological support.  

Tel - 0800 148 8586 email - ukrainiansupport@barnardos.org.uk

If you would like to go along to a Guy Fawkes Night event, the nearest one in our area is:

Thursday 27th October - HMS Sultan, Military Road, Gosport

 

The Homes for Ukraine scheme and website was launched on 14 March 2022.

The scheme allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety - including those with no family ties to the UK.

Phase One of the scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home, or in a separate property.

To register your interest on The Homes for Ukraine website

  • Someone is eligible for the scheme if they are a Ukrainian national or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, and were a resident in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022.
  • They will be able to live and work in the UK for up to three years and also access benefits, healthcare, employment and other support.
  • While rent is not to be charged by sponsors, each household housing a refugee will be offered a £350 a month thank you payment, tax-free, which will not affect benefit entitlement.
  • Sponsors and all adults in the sponsoring households will be subject to security checks and may be subject to safeguarding checks too.
  • Accommodation offered can be a spare room, or unoccupied residential self-contained unit.
  • People providing accommodation are asked to provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but the government has a minimum expectation of six months.

Individuals who wish to sponsor a named person should get in contact with them directly and prepare to fill in a visa application with all the required details. The visa application will go live on 18 March.

Find questions and answers on how the Homes for Ukraine scheme will work.


Help and Organisations


Community groups

Fareham and Gosport Ukrainian Community Group

We meet at:

Christchurch on Stoke Road, Gosport: 1:30-3:30pm

13th November, 27th November, 11th December

Gateway church on West Street, Fareham: 12:30-2:30pm

20th November, 4th December

You can also follow us on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/2264578013680725/ 

We're having a Christmas break so our last meeting in 2022 will be on 11th December. We will be holding a Christmas party with traditional Ukrainian food in December, time and dates TBC. 

Gosport Discovery Centre

Thursday's 10.30-13.00 Conversation club.  These sessions are open to everyone to join and a chance to talk with English people to help understand how things work in Gosport/UK.  People come along with concerns that they don't understand like a school rule.  Feel confident in a new society.

Saturday's 12.00-14.00 Language builder. Improving English with interactive language games and speaking activities.  Open to anyone whose English is not their first language


Immigration Advice


Travel to the UK

  • The European Union has created a list of travel arrangements for countries in Europe
  • Eurostar are offering free travel to London to Ukrainians
  • National Rail are offering free onward transport following arrival in the UK

Transport in UK

Driving

Homes for Ukraine - Free Bus Pass Application Form.docx


Health and wellbeing

  • Baby Basics are providing welcome kits for parents and babies
  • Banardos have set up a helpline, in multiple languages for Ukrainians
  • The conflict and ongoing violence in Ukraine have caused families to forcibly leave their homes, in search of safety, with many arriving in the UK.
  • In response to this, following discussion with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Barnardo's has set up the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service.  The helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.
  • Barnardo's free helpline (0800 148 8586) is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, to offer support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine.
  • The helpline is open Monday - Friday (10.00am - 8.00pm) and Saturday (10.00am - 3.00pm).  Callers will be able to get help and advice on a range of topics.
  • A dedicated email address ukrainiansupport@barnardos.org.uk and webpage have also been set up for those assisting with the Ukraine response.
  • More information: www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/helping-families/ukrainian-helpline
  • Doctors of the World have a series of resources about the UK healthcare system
  • Sane Ukraine - trauma support for Ukrainians
  • Thrive LDN - guides for wellbeing

Mental Health and wellbeing

  • Concerns about the situation in Ukraine could affect your mental health or those close to you. If you, or anyone you know, would like help with this, you can find expert help and advice by visiting the NHS Every Mind Matters webpage.

Employment

  • Micro Rainbow are able to offer integration and employment advice for LGBTQI Ukrainians
  • Refugee Employment Network advertise vacancies and training for people with a refugee background
  • United for Ukraine are offering assistance for Ukrainians arriving in the North of England to access employment support.

Education

Discovery Centre, Gosport - ESOL courses available

Sanctuary scholarship with Portsmouth University University of Portsmouth (PDF) [544KB]

The Open University

New free online course for people housing, caring for or working with Ukrainians in the UK

The OU has also translated into Ukrainian its package of free online resources for Ukrainian refugee www.open.edu/openlearn/supporting-ukrainians-ukrainian


Government resources


General

  • City of Sanctuary have a great list of useful links.
  • Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain have branches around the UK

Library

Gosport Discovery Centre - latest information

How to use the library services in Ukrainian   Membership information (PDF) [259KB]   internet use (PDF) [251KB] Borrow from Library in Ukrainian (PDF) [904KB]


Language help 

Language help (PDF) [123KB]


How to report War Crimes

Reporting war crimes (PDF) [327KB] Reporting war crimes (PDF) [326KB] reporting war crimes (PDF) [151KB] reporting war crimes (PDF) [197KB] reporting war crimes (PDF) [198KB]


Beware of fraud and scams

There are fraudsters who will try and take advantage of a crisis situation in the form of scams.

As always when donating money, please remain alert to possible scams and fraud. There is advice and support available on the Action Fraud website.


Ways you can help

There are a number of organisations you can support in the humanitarian aid effort for Ukraine. These include but are not limited to:

You can also find ways to help on the UK Government's dedicated webpage

Many local charities and community organisations are responding to the crisis in Ukraine and are asking for help through local social media groups and forums. Most groups offering support during the crisis are helping in very specific ways so it is important for you to find the right organisations for the support you can offer.

Share this page

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by email