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Ukraine Connections – Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Ukraine ConnectionsStarting on 20th May, The Basingstoke Discovery Centre will be hosting a weekly Ukraine Connections Group from 10-12pm. It provides an opportunity for Ukrainians and their friends/ hosts to meet up with refreshments and share the services on offer at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre.Free ESOL Classes: Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Starting 22nd May, Basingstoke Discovery Centre will be running English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to support development of basic English Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills. 
To find out more please contact:
Rekha Gupta
Tel: 03707794222
Email : rekha.gupta@hants.gov.uk
Leader’s Community Grants
The County Council has provided Members with details of how local community and voluntary organisations working to help Ukrainian families can apply for financial support through the Leader’s Community Grants. Due to the exceptional circumstances of the situation:

  • Applications will be considered from Parish and Town Councils and local branches of national charities (where the support being provided is delivered specifically in Hampshire)
  • Applications can be made at any time for amounts under £5,000
  • Applications under £1,000 will be considered on this occasion
  • Applications will be assessed to ensure that the proposals are appropriate, that necessary levels of safeguarding are in place and that the activity does not unnecessarily duplicate support which is already provided through other channels.

For further information: https://www.hants.gov.uk/community/grants/grants-list/leaders-community-grants

Reminder: BCOT Welcome Invitation
Basingstoke College of Technology (BCOT) would like to invite host families and Ukrainian guests for a welcome coffee morning at BCOT on Tuesday 17th May at 10am. This will be an opportunity for BCOT learning and prospective learners to meet other Ukrainian families residing in Basingstoke. Topics will include employability and ESOL courses. To register, email 
maria.thorne@bcot.ac.uk and how many there are in your party.
Basingstoke and Deane guide for our Ukrainian guests

Basingstoke and Deane have recently released the Welcome to Basingstoke and Deane guide for our Ukrainian guests. To access the guide, please follow this link: https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/welcome-guide

Week One Guidance: Arrival in the UK 
The government have published a new ‘week one guidance’ which includes a shorter and more accessible guide to services Ukrainians may need in their first week in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/welcome-a-guide-for-ukrainians-arriving-in-the-uk/week-one-guidance-for-ukrainians-arriving-in-the-uk

Immigration information for Ukrainians in the UK
The Home Office has, today (9 May), published new immigration information about the next steps Ukrainians need to take after arriving in the UK. This includes information about what Ukrainians need to do to confirm their immigration status, and how to demonstrate their status to access work, and the benefits and services they are entitled to: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-information-for-ukrainians-in-the-uk-your-next-steps

The Sanctuary Foundation.
The Sanctuary Foundation has developed some short online videos with guidance for sponsors, available here: https://sanctuaryfoundation.org.uk/course

 

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