As the devastation in Ukraine continues to dominate the news, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine. We stand ready to respond and to offer our support. We will be raising the Ukrainian flag at Elizabeth House in Stratford-on-Avon at Leamington Spa Town Hall, as a mark of our support and our sympathy for the families and friends of those involved in this unnecessary war.
Read the full joint statement from the Chairman of Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council.
You may be aware local government, at both the County and District level, have been instrumental in sourcing accommodation, providing support, identifying schools, securing a variety of healthcare interventions and many other measures, for both Afghan, Syrian and other UK Resettlement Scheme participants. We are working closely with District, Borough and County colleagues to co-ordinate a response to support arrivals from Ukraine.
If you want to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine, you can become a sponsor as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Further guidance is available under Homes for Ukraine FAQ . Warwickshire County Council has information for Ukrainian guests, their hosts (sponsors) and residents and a Welcome to Warwickshire pack, all of which is available translated.
An officer from the district council will visit sponsor accommodation to carry out a basic check of the suitability for the arriving refugees. Accommodation should be safe, warm and provide adequate access to bathroom and kitchen facilities; no rent should be charged, and it should be offered for at least six months.
Warwickshire County Council will contact sponsors directly to arrange a DBS check. Please visit information for sponsors for further information. The property inspection or the DBS check will not necessarily delay the progress of visa applications as the visa is not dependent on the property inspection. Once the visa is granted, the refugees are free to travel to join their sponsor.
Warwickshire County Council arrange all payments for guests and sponsors. Please visit information for sponsors for further information.
Sponsors and Guests can access housing support and advice from p.h.i.l Homes For Ukraine Housing Options Service, a collaborative service provided by Warwickshire County Council, District and Borough Councils. Please email UkarinePHIL@Warwickshire.gov.uk.
There is UK Family Scheme which is designed to enable Ukrainian applicants to join their family members in the UK. For more, see Apply for a Ukraine family scheme visa
There are a number of ways for residents to support those affected by the conflict in Ukraine, details of some organisations supplying humanitarian aid are listed in Warwickshire County Council website Information for Residents .
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UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals - Guidance on support available to Ukrainian nationals and their family members.
'Homes for Ukraine' scheme
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Stratford-on-Avon District Council works alongside Warwickshire County Council, public health and community groups to prepare for a safe and smooth integration for those resettling here.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council has pledged to secure homes for families from Afghanistan in the local area. This supports the announcement by the Home Office on 1 September 2021 that Afghan refugees and citizens coming to the UK through resettlement routes (including Afghans who worked closely with the British military and UK Government in Afghanistan) will receive immediate indefinite leave to remain.
The UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS) is a global refugee resettlement scheme, where the UK Government will continue to offer a safe and legal route to vulnerable refugees in need of protection. Stratford-on-Avon District Council has pledged to secure homes for families arriving into the UK through the UKRS scheme. Families have predominantly arrived from Syria into the district to date.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council has been working to identify accommodation for families arriving under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) and UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS) and is encouraging local landlords to get in touch if they have a property to let for these schemes. Local landlords with a self-contained property can contact the council at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Stratford Welcome Here is a local charity who's focus is welcoming and supporting refugees arriving to reside in Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area. Welcome Here is continuing to help families arriving through the Afghan and the UK Resettlement schemes.