Monday 13 June - Short update on the current situation
We are very appreciative of the tremendously compassionate and generous outpouring of support being provided to the resettlement of refugees in the Sevenoaks District Council area at this time. All the various contributions are making a real difference: volunteers giving their time, financial donations, hosts taking refugees into their own homes, and landlords making rented property available to the schemes.
On Ukraine, we are currently liaising with 37 hosts, and this could rise to 45 over the next few weeks, giving shelter to 110 refugees from Ukraine. Other local organisations, such as Care For Our Community Ukraine, Sevenoaks In Support of Ukraine and many churches are also liaising with hosts.
On Syria and Afghanistan, there are currently 8 families living in our area, resettling here under the official Government schemes. A further 2 families from Afghanistan are in transit to rented properties that have recently been made available to the schemes and will be arriving in the next few weeks. That will take the number of refugees from Syria and Afghanistan resettling in our area to 60.
Tuesday 17 May - Update on Ukrainian refugees in our area
Tuesday 10 May - Mental Health Awareness Training for those supporting Ukranian refugees
Wednesday 13 April - Processes and Support Resources: Hosts and Volunteers
Saturday 9 April - UK Hosts for Ukraine report
This report is based on an online survey conducted by the Facebook group - UK Hosts for Ukrainian Families Support Group. The survey was open between 4-7 April 2022, and was designed to bring together joint concerns from members of that group. In total, 150 UK hosts participated in the study. 5 of the UK hosts were from Wales, 5 from Scotland, and the remaining 140 from England.
Read the report here.
Thursday 7 April - Message for Ukraine hosts
Registration of interest on UK Government Homes for Ukraine website
On 18 March we registered Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees’ interest in becoming a sponsor, to help connect people offering accommodation with people seeking accommodation. We are now waiting for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to invite us to apply to be a sponsor. Once our application has been accepted (we have no idea how long this will take) we understand we will be connected to people needing accommodation.
The UK Government has said that the Homes for Ukraine website will connect people offering accommodation with people seeking accommodation. So because we are a small team with limited resources we do not propose to try and make these connections ourselves – we would be duplicating what the Government says it is doing, and we are worried about receiving a volume of requests that we could not handle efficiently. We will go on trying to connect those refugees whose details we already have, and from now on encourage everyone who has details of refugees needing accommodation to enter them on the Homes For Ukraine website. Some connections between accommodation-givers and accommodation-seekers are being made on the Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees Facebook group, unfacilitated by SWR volunteers: we welcome and support this, but we do not have the resources to coordinate it.