In response to the Ukraine situation, the Lincolnshire Resettlement Partnership has been readying plans to welcome Ukrainian refugees into the county.
Cllr Richard Wright, Leader of North Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire lead on the regional group overseeing resettlement, said: “The tragedy unfolding in Ukraine is on a terrible scale and it’s heart-breaking to see families having to flee their own country with few possessions and little means of support. Lincolnshire councils are standing ready, doing everything we can to be ready to respond to the Government’s call for action and are actively planning to welcome refugees into the county. There is a lot of positive work going on. We are making sure that as soon as we are given the green light, we can do whatever is needed to help with this humanitarian crisis.”
Ukraine family Scheme
The Government guidance on the Ukraine family Scheme can be found at www.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Keep informed and learn something new
There’s a lot you can do to welcome newcomers and support existing communities. For example, you could find out about how to talk about this situation in a helpful way on social media, learn a few words in different languages, or learn about the culture and history of different people. Here are a selection of useful links:
- Government website: The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
- Government website: Ukraine travel advice
- BBC News: Ukraine updates
- CBBC Newsround: Why are people talking about Russia and Ukraine? (resources for talking to children about the situation in Ukraine)
- Duolingo: Learn Ukrainian
Visit The Education Hub for advice and resources for schools, teachers, families and young people.