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Community support hubs for Ukraine guests open across Shropshire

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Homes for Ukraine update – Friday 6 May 2022

Several community support hubs have been set up across Shropshire to support Ukraine guests who’ve arrived in the county.

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Shropshire Supports Refugees have opened two support hubs in Shrewsbury with help from Shropshire Council and the town centre management team.

The hubs offer a place where individuals and families can get together to socialise, make new friends and seek support, including accessing clothes, toys, food and sim cards for mobile phones.

Both hubs have become very popular and are being well attended, with an average visitor attendance of 30 to 40 people a day.

The hubs have also been offering training sessions for hosts and volunteers.

Libraries as well as local leisure and tourism organisations are also offering their services to help Ukraine guests access visitor attractions and integrate into the local community.

In addition to the two hubs in Shrewsbury, three more are being planned, and will be opening up in Ludlow, Oswestry and Wem next week.

Amanda Jones, CEO of Shropshire Supports Refugees, said:-

“As time goes by, we hope more hubs will be created by caring locals pooling together their resources and time.

“Having somewhere to go and something to do out of the house is going to be an essential part of the placements being successful.

“We have met many brave and resilient Ukrainians who are very grateful for their sanctuary in Shropshire and many of them keen to get stuck into local life.

“We look forward to being able to announce further developments in the resettlement scheme, including schools, transport, mental health and wellbeing over the coming weeks.”

You can listen to Laura Fisher, Shropshire Council’s head of housing, resettlement and independent living, and Amanda Jones, CEO of Shropshire Support Refugees, talk more about the Ukraine resettlement Scheme in Shropshire here:   Homes for Ukraine – YouTube

New Homes for Ukraine website for Shropshire

Shropshire Council has also launched a dedicated website: Homes for Ukraine | Shropshire Council for both host families and refugees, which includes advice and information on all the support available, in English, Ukrainian and Russian, to help Ukrainians resettle in Shropshire.

The website will be updated as and when we receive further guidelines from the Government, and as the local scheme develops.