The Ukraine Crisis
Welcome information for arriving Ukrainian refugees and their hosts
HBTSR has produced Welcome information that we hope will be useful to arriving Ukrainian refugees and their hosts.
Brief summary here
You can download this in English here.
HBTSR підготував Welcome Pack з інформацією, корисною для українських біженців та їхніх приймаючих осіб.
Завантажити Пакет українською можна тут.
English Government welcome information here
T his site is also helpful https://ukrainianswelcome.org/
We have a drop in session every Thursday morning [ (.30-11.30] in Llangorse hall where people can be assured of a warm welcome and a hot drink and can meet compatriots and practice English conversation.
There is also a drop in at Crickhowell Scouts hut on Thursday Mornings 10-12.
HBTSR has access to some Money raised to help people from Ukraine to settle in south Powys. Please Contact Leanne Bowler for details . [email protected]
there is a very useful website which can be shared with both Ukrainians and those welcoming them: https://thriveldn.co.uk/resources/supporting-wellbeing-of-displaced-ukrainians
‘Powys – Ukrainian refugee host support Group’
This is a private group for Powys residents who have registered with the UK Government, Welsh Government or Powys County Council to host Ukrainian nations. It has been set up with access to Councillors, the voluntary sector and professionals who are able to offer support. The aim is to provide a safe environment to share experiences and seek help and guidance.
Free to attend daily trauma and resilience meetings online for Ukrainian citizens to give them the opportunity to chat to people experiencing the same things. The sessions are 45 minutes long. The website is https://saneukraineonline.org/sane-ukraine-online/
There is a Helpline for Homes for Ukraine Sponsors. Sponsors in Wales can call the free helpline on 0808 175 1508 for advice from 8am to 8pm. Ukrainian nationals and their families who need help and advice can call 0808 164 8810, if they are in the UK or +44 808 164 8810 if they are outside the UK.
For help with benefits, if required, you or your guests can access support from Powys CAB, and also contact their Help To Claim service on 0800 024 1220. Callers will speak to an adviser trained in assisting people to start their Universal Credit claim. The adviser can conference call with translation services too. More Information here
- Whilst awaiting benefits we can make referrals to the foodbank for essentials so please contact us on [email protected] if that would help
* If there are children of school age, you/your guests can access this school link with advice for sponsors: https://sites.google.com/hwbcymru.net/powys-eal-refugee-support/home
* The family will be able to register with the local GP. GP’s are aware of Ukrainian arrivals and will carry out an ‘enhanced’ screening check and also provide information about any necessary vaccinations, including Covid 19.
For dental care – access to services are through the usual routes. Urgent help will need to be directed to 111
- For routine access – contact the PTHB Dental Helpline on either of these two numbers: 01686252808 / 01597828815.
* If the family wish to have help with their English, please contact any Neath Port Talbot College in Powys or Adult Learning Wales and they will be eligible for free ESOL classes.
This App [SayHi] may be easier to use than Google translate…https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/sayhi-translate/id437818260
* You could also contact PAVO (Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations) who may be able to direct you to additional services to support for the family, including links to community mental health services and Community Connectors.
- Call the Duty Officer, Community Connector Service on 01597 828649 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday
- Email community.connectors(at)pavo.org.uk
2 schemes have been announced by Welsh government to help refugees and people from Ukraine integrate into Wales.
1 A new Welcome Ticket will provide free bus travel covering the majority of bus services running in Wales and into England where the journey starts or finishes in Wales. This is a pilot scheme that will run until 30/9/22.
2 Cadw have announced their scheme to offer free individual or family entry to all Cadw sites Further information:
The Choir of the Earth (online worldwide virtual choir) is learning a Ukrainian Folk Song – The Bunny Walks – which the famous childrens’ choir of Kyiv were going to take on a worldwide tour before they had to sadly disband. The Choir of the Earth will record this individually, it will then be mixed by their engineers and performed as a live concert on U Tube on Wednesday 15th June. https://youtu.be/nau6lSZrlKk
Please draw Ukrainian Library members attention to this free app which provides access to eBooks and eAudio in Ukrainian.
Thousands of free eBooks and audiobooks
In order to provide Ukrainians with a range of free reading, listening, learning and entertainment opportunities, multimedia content provider Odilo launched a free app for both Android and iOS in early April.
Available across Europe, the app includes 3000 e-books and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including 1,700 Ukrainian titles and 500 in English. There is material for both children and adults. Kraal: ‘We hope that everyone – from social workers to host families – will draw the attention of the refugees to this app. To offer them the support, pleasure or comfort of reading, learning and listening in these difficult and uncertain times.”
Links to the app:
Collecting goods (material aid)
Practical help for arriving refugees
Offers of help please to:
A reminder from HBTSR’s Well-being group:
Who: Members of HBTSR are a friendly, welcoming group of volunteers who are happy to offer help and/or support alongside other Agencies
How: To reach out, be available and approachable to displaced individuals and families as well as potential host families
Why: We’re all human beings with a shared humanity endeavouring to care for each other
What: Practical and emotional support, through encouragement and empowerment
We will try to do our best in all circumstances but are all volunteers also coping with everything else that life throws at us.
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