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People and communities Support for Ukraine

Homes for Ukraine

The UK and our international partners are united in support of Ukraine. The UK government is providing a range of economic, humanitarian, and defensive military assistance to Ukraine, and is imposing additional sanctions on Russia and Belarus. You can read about the government's response 

Homes for Ukraine 

Phase one of the government scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.  

The scheme will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK. 

Once sponsors have entered details of the people they are sponsoring into the government's portal, we get directly notified and we will then make direct contact with you. 

In line with government guidance, we will work with refugee sponsors to: 

  • Complete safeguarding checks, initially we are seeking a basic DBS for every adult in the sponsors household 
  • Check the appropriateness of homes, initially through the completion of a form and photographic evidence 

The Government has said completion of DBS and safety checks will not hold up the processing of a visa. 

Submit your interest in hosting at the .Gov site 

Read frequently asked questions about the scheme  

Read the sponsor toolkit to help you understand more about the programme

Ukraine Family Scheme 

The Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members or extend their stay in the UK. 

It is free to apply, and once approved you will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds. 

If you need any assistance, please call the 24/7 free helpline +44 808 164 8810 (0808 164 8810 if you’re in the UK). 

Or if you cannot contact UK 0808 numbers, please use +44 (0)175 390 7510. 

Read full details and how to apply  

Ukraine: Barnardo’s free helpline

Barnardo’s has set up a Ukrainian Support Helpline for anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. The free helpline (0800 148 8586) is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, to offer support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine. The helpline is open Monday – Friday from 10.00am – 8.00pm and Saturday from 10.00am – 3.00pm). A dedicated email address ukrainiansupport@barnardos.org.uk and webpage have also been set up for those assisting with the Ukraine response.

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