Support for Ukraine

Some practical resources and links

This is an evening for Ukrainian friends who are currently living in the Shrewsbury area and their host families. We want it to be a place where people can get to know each other, support one another, and share good food together.

Find out more below

Thank you to everyone who has talked to us recently about how we might best support the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. We’re wanting to remain active in prayer and generous in spirit as the tragic situation continues.

Below are various links which you might find helpful, and we’ll try and keep it up-to-date. Meanwhile it would also be really helpful to know if people from across Trinity are offering support in terms of rooms / empty property / furniture / particular targeted support. This is going to be a team effort over the long-term, and we’re all learning and responding as well as we can. So some mutual support feels an important way forward from here.

Sanctuary Foundation

Watching the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Ukraine right now, many of us are wondering what we can do to help. The Sanctuary Foundation invites you to join us to make a real difference to the lives of Ukrainian people.

On March 1st, the UK government announced it would develop a new humanitarian sponsorship programme that will allow an unlimited number of Ukrainian families to come to the UK. Phase 1 of this scheme opened on March 18th.

Here at Sanctuary Foundation we are supporting potential sponsors, assisting the government in the roll-out of the ‘Homes For Ukraine’ scheme, and resourcing individuals, community groups, churches, schools and businesses to step up to build this vital provision for Ukrainian refugees.

With such an extraordinary surge of public commitment to help refugees in the UK, we want to do everything we can to make sure vulnerable people are safely cared for. Our response has the potential to be a global game changer in the way refugees are welcomed into communities.

If you believe you may be able to help, please fill in your details on the relevant forms below. With this information we can send you updates and invitations to relevant events.

Shropshire Supports Refugees

Local network of support

Shropshire Supports Refugees co-ordinates a range of activities that help refugees settle into their new area, improve well-being, and fulfil goals for themselves and their children.

Shropshire Council Refugees

Support for those wanting to host refugees

Relevant advice from Laura Fisher, Shropshire Council’s head of housing, resettlement and independent living, as well as the sort of checks that hosts will be asked to undertake.

Homes for Ukraine

Register your interest on the UK Government Website

“Phase One of the UK government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme opened on Friday,18 March for visa applications from those who wish to travel to the UK and who have named people in the UK willing to sponsor them. We are asking sponsors to offer accommodation for at least 6 months.”

This bespoke scheme will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for those forced to escape their homeland. Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but we have a minimum expectation of 6 months. Someone is eligible for the scheme if they are a Ukrainian national (or an immediate family member of one) and were resident in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022. We will welcome as many arrivals as possible, based on the number of sponsors.

People arriving under this scheme will be able to:

  • Live and work in the UK for up to three years
  • Access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition