Homes for Ukraine
Information about the Homes for Ukraine scheme and the Ukraine Family Scheme
People, charities, community groups and businesses from across West Berkshire can now record their interest in supporting Ukrainians fleeing the war through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
Phase one of the Government's Homes for Ukraine scheme allows anyone in the UK to apply to host named guests in their home, or another property, for at least six months. The guests could be friends, someone you are already connected with, or someone you have been linked with by a charity, faith group or other organisation.
Each household housing a refugee will be offered £350 a month, tax free. They will not be expected to provide food and living expenses but can choose to offer this.
How you can get involved
If you have a named person who you wish to sponsor, you should get in contact with them directly and prepare to fill in a visa application with their details and yours.
If you don't know anyone who you wish to sponsor you may wish to get in touch with charities, faith groups or local community organisations who are starting to make connections between individuals.
Those offering to host a refugee will be vetted by the government. Ukrainian applicants will also undergo security checks before they are matched with a host. Our Public Protection Partnership will be undertaking home suitability visits and will also be providing 'welcome packs' to hosts, to help them understand their own duties and how we can help them to welcome their guests.
Both hosts and guests can access support from our Ukraine Support Hub. The Hub can offer signposting and information about social care, access to employment, school places and other council services.
You can contact the Hub by phoning 01635 503579 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can download our Homes for Ukraine Welcome Pack as a PDF in English:.
You can download our Homes for Ukraine Welcome Pack as a PDF in Ukrainian:
You can download our Homes for Ukraine Welcome Pack as a PDF in Russian:
As more information about the scheme is known, we will update these webpages with further details on the support for local people who have signed up for the scheme, and what support we will be making available for Ukrainians when they arrive in West Berkshire.
The Ukraine Family Scheme
The Ukraine Family Scheme opened from 4 March. It allows applicants to join family members or extend their stay in the UK. It is free to apply and successful applicants will be able to:
- live, work and study in the UK
- access public funds
To apply to the Ukraine Family Scheme people must:
- be applying to join or accompany their UK-based family member
- and be Ukrainian or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national who is applying to the scheme
- and have been residing in Ukraine on, or immediately before, 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine)
There is a 24/7 free helpline available to call on +44 808 164 8810 (or 0808 164 8810 if you're in the UK).
If you cannot contact UK 0808 numbers, please use +44 (0)175 390 7510.