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Tower Hamlets Council calls for volunteers to host Ukrainian refugees

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  • The council is asking residents to volunteer to host Ukrainian refugees as part of their Homes for Ukraine scheme

Tower Hamlets has a long history of welcoming and supporting newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. As well as supporting refugees from Syria and Afghanistan to resettle in the borough, the council is supporting Ukrainian refugees as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The council’s Early Help and Children and Family Service is calling for residents who want to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine to become hosts. Hosting a Ukrainian refugee is not only beneficial to those fleeing the war, it’s also a great opportunity to live with like-minded individuals.

Through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, the council will support residents who volunteer to support a refugee by:

  • Completing checks to make sure accommodation is suitable
  • Managing interim payments for guests - to cover costs until they are able to access further support
  • Providing education places
  • Referring to specific public health services where necessary
  • Supporting guests to access local employment opportunities
  • Administering the compensation payment to sponsors of Ukrainian guests.

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“Tower Hamlets has a long history of supporting individuals and communities fleeing war.

We are committed to doing everything we can to support people fleeing the war in Ukraine and to provide safety in this borough.

“We have already been overwhelmed by the generosity of people from the borough and we hope that we can host more refugees over the coming months.”

If you are interested in becoming a host, please contact the Refugee Support team:
Telephone: 020 7364 1371 (Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm)
Email: Refugee.support@towerhamlets.gov.uk

ENDS

Posted on Wednesday 7th December 2022