4th July 2023
Support for Ukraine
The Ukraine flag flew for several months over our Shute End offices to show support for the people of Ukraine.
Then borough Mayor Cllr Keith Baker raised the Ukrainian flag on Wednesday 2 March and was joined by leaders and senior members of all political groups who voiced their support for Ukraine and condemnation of Russia’s invasion.
Homes for Ukraine
Central Government has now launched its Homes for Ukraine scheme website which will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home.
Individuals and charities or other organisations can volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland.
You can apply to be a sponsor to help Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes.
Messages of support
For any of our residents who wish to offer a message of support or a prayer, All Saints Church in Wokingham, RG40 1UE has set up a book for these to be added. All are welcome to visit the Church to write a message.
Keep informed or learn something new
You can do something to welcome those who are coming to our area, such as learn the language or simple words like how to say hello. You can also find out about their culture and history. There are some links below which may be useful:
- 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
As part of the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, we are currently expecting:
- About 490 refugees, who are mostly women and children
- There are about 190 host families in the borough
- About 380 refugees have now arrived in the borough