A response to Ukraine Crisis:
There have been several meetings held with Ministers and advisors from the department of Levelling Up and in particular with the Minister for Refugees. They have been clear that this is an emergency response and that they are starting from scratch at very short notice.
Today, those who registered to host a refugee as individuals, will receive an email informing them of the next steps. We are yet to see the content of that letter but it is likely/possible that it will say- 'speak to your local church/faith leader if you would like help in the match process'. We have decided to signpost from our website to Reset (a charity supporting communities and refugees). We'd very much like to get a message out to Churches that if people come to them they should signpost them to Reset -https://www.homesforukraine.org.uk/
We will be running two zoom calls next week (with the same content) for all those interested in sponsorship. One at 4pm on Monday and one at 7.30pm on Tuesday.
If you would like to join, then please email Tori for the links:
We will cover practicalities, like finance and property, linking with your local authority and so on.
We will share the resources we have and know of in pastoral care, trauma and mental health first aid.