Have Ukrainian refugees been forgotten? Lib Dems challenge council

Since the war in Ukraine started in February, we have been busy working with others to support the humanitarian appeals and provide practical support both in the country and for arriving refugees.

A small group of volunteers have been busy making ribbons, paper butterflies and wristbands in the Ukrainian flag colours and we have been part of several street stalls raising money primarily for the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal.

We have also supported a community event in Corfe Mullen with Ukraine UK Aid, which was set up by local resident Elliott Svatos, who wanted to ensure that medical and other practical support reached those who needed it and having been so impressed by the scheme, used our stall at the Easter Musical Market to raise money for both causes.  This stall raised £350 and together with the previous two events in Broadstone puts the total at close to £3,000 from local people.

Within the council, Cllr Vikki Slade called the Head of Community Services to the scrutiny board in March to share what BCP Council is doing to support those arriving through Homes for Ukraine, and to ensure that individuals arriving through the family scheme are not forgotten. The Government is providing a fund to local authorities to cover some of the costs of hosting families but, as yet, this does not include people joining family members in this country, a situation we have challenged.

During the scrutiny we were advised that 105 households in the BCP area have volunteered to host refugees, a figure we expect to increase. Welcome packs are being prepared for both guests and hosts – these are the terms chosen by the council to describe families involved – along with other support services such as translation, provision of equipment and generous offers of nursery places and employment.  You can contact the council on [email protected] or as ward Councillors we are always happy to offer advice and support.

We have also put forward a motion to council to show support for the people of Ukraine and asking the council to consider whether the unused council offices could be utilized in the effort to support people fleeing the conflict.  We are confident of receiving support from across the council for this proposal and will look at other ways local people can help.  

Sign the petition now if you want to show support for Ukrainian refugees.

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