100th Ukrainian refugee welcomed to Wychavon

Wychavon has reconfirmed its commitment to supporting people fleeing Ukraine after welcoming the 100th Ukrainian guest to the district.

Up to 296 refugees could eventually be expected to arrive in the district with as many as 124 households offering them accommodation under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Wychavon is working with hosts offering shelter to their Ukrainian guests – as well as the community and partners including Worcestershire County Council – to make sure their basic needs are met.

Support provided so far includes:

  • Carried out 94 property checks to make sure guests are welcomed into safe and suitable accommodation.
  • Paid out £20,000 in initial £200 support payments to help people get on their feet.
  • Providing toys for younger guests and linking up with charities to offer clothing and mental health, education and other support as appropriate.
  • Working with Worcestershire County Council to secure access to English language classes.
  • Holding virtual meetings with hosts to help resolve issues and discuss support for them and their guests.
  • Rehousing guests that have been unable to stay with their hosts.
  • Produced a detailed information guide for hosts and guests to help them settle into the area.

Wychavon will be strengthening the support it offers to Ukrainian guests by employing a liaison support officer from the Ukrainian community.

Wychavon is also joining forces with Wychavon Leisure to offer free use of leisure centres in Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore to Ukrainian guests for six months from 1 June. Free swims at Droitwich Lido are also being offered during June. To register for a free pass Ukrainian guests should email info@riversfitness.co.uk

Robin Bischert, Chair of Wychavon Leisure, said: “We hope that this offer will allow refugees to feel welcome and help them adjust to life within our community. We believe that by offering this pass it will help individuals and families to keep active and support their mental health and wellbeing during this difficult time.”

The support Wychavon is providing is being paid for using money given to local authorities by the Government to support Ukrainian refugees.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “We said at the start of this conflict we were ready to do whatever was asked of us to help those fleeing the war in Ukraine and we have delivered on that promise.

“I’m proud of the way our communities have stepped up to open their homes and their hearts to our Ukrainian guests and the dedication of our staff in supporting the fantastic community response. Together with our partners, we will continue to provide support for as long as is necessary.”

Information on all the support on offer to hosts and guests under the Homes for Ukraine scheme can be found at www.wychavon.gov.uk/support-for-ukraine.

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