Hillingdon Council has pledged its support to help those fleeing the war in Ukraine and looking for safety in the UK.
Like many other local authorities up and down the country, they’ll be coordinating with the government to deliver the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, providing support and accommodation for refugees.
A number of residents have also already applied to sponsor some Ukrainian families and let them stay with them, with the council encourage more of those who have the space and can afford it to put themselves forward as well.
The council will also be providing sport in numerous other ways, including meeting refugees at Heathrow Airport, supporting them with receiving benefits and providing support to sponsors, amongst other things.
Cllr Ian Edwards, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “Our borough has a proud history of providing sanctuary to refugees and those in need, so it’s fantastic to see that residents have signed up to get involved and I hope many more join them.
“We’re working closely with partner organisations on delivering a package of support measures that will help all refugees arriving in our borough to feel safe and welcomed and will enable to them to integrate into our communities as seamlessly as possible.
“We’ll also work closely to support those sponsor households who have come forward and reflect the values of inclusivity and friendship that so define our borough.”
To find out more, please visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/ukraine. To apply for the Home for Ukraine scheme, visit www.gov.uk/register-interest-homes-ukraine.
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