The Lincolnshire Resettlement Partnership, comprising Lincolnshire councils and a range of public sector agencies and charitable sector organisations all working together, is supporting local communities to offer people from Ukraine the warmest possible welcome to Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire is proud to have welcomed more than 1,200 Ukrainians since the launch of the Homes for Ukraine scheme in March 2022, with hosts offering temporary accommodation across the county.
Cllr Richard Wright, Leader of North Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire representative on the East Midlands Migration Board, said: “The generosity shown so far by Lincolnshire hosts, opening their homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine, has been extremely heartening. We want to offer them our sincere thanks in offering their guests such a warm welcome to our county.”
Ukraine Family Scheme
The Government guidance on the Ukraine Family Scheme can be found on gov.uk. This allows refugees to live with their family members already settled in the UK.
Homes for Ukraine Scheme
Find out all about the Homes for Ukraine scheme, including FAQs and how to register your interest.
Guidance for Ukrainian nationals and their family members to come to the UK under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk.
Travelling with pets from Ukraine
The Government has put in place new emergency support for those fleeing Ukraine with their pets. Using an emergency licence, people fleeing Ukraine can bring their pets to the UK with any quarantine costs met by the Government.
The Animal and Plant Health Agency is providing quick licence approvals and quarantine arrangements to avoid creating additional burdens or delays. The Government will also be covering their vaccination, microchipping and quarantine costs, recognising that many individuals from Ukraine will not have been able to complete the full health preparations required for their pet on arrival.
The maximum stay in quarantine for a pet which has received no rabies vaccination is four months. Pets will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with a shortened quarantine period for those that are vaccinated. The Government is also introducing a new rabies blood test that will be able to detect existing rabies vaccinations. This will help in instances where refugees have travelled without vaccination paperwork.
Animal and Plant Health Agency can be contacted at email@example.com or +44 3000 200 301 and select option 2.
Guidance for organisations and businesses
The government has published guidance for businesses considering making offers of employment to people coming to the UK from Ukraine.
Finding a sponsor in the UK
The government has put together a list of voluntary and community sector organisations running schemes which provide support for and help match people coming from Ukraine with sponsors in the UK. You can view the list here.
Ukrainian families, with support from their sponsors, may need to find schools for their children (age 5-16). There might not be places available at the nearest school but the county council will be able to find a school available elsewhere and as close as possible. To make this process as quick and effective as possible, please make an application for a school place here.
For early years childcare and education (age 2-4) you can find out what is available in your area here.
Advice and information
Whilst we want to be helpful, people’s situations are very complicated. Please be aware that in order for refugees to achieve secure futures for themselves or their family, they should only accept advice from an adviser accredited by the OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner). If you see people asking for help online – please direct them to the OISC website.