Homes for Ukraine
Please check the above menu links under Ukraine Crisis
These links provide all the latest information from the UK Government on the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ initiative. It is recognised that people are looking for help and guidance to ensure that they can host people safely and effectively. Local Cornwall Council efforts are in hand to support all those involved, whether that be those taking refugees into their homes, or helping the refugees integrate into our communities.
For people hoping to welcome Ukraine refugees to their homes there is also a very active Facebook page run by the Launceston/Ukrainian community group
LRSG will endeavour to keep people informed about the latest developments in the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ initiative as they become available.
We are a small group of qualified, experienced teachers setting up a morning for Ukrainians of all ages, new to the Launceston area. We hope this will enable both children and adults to get together for friendship and support with high quality creative, educational and, if possible, therapeutic activities on offer.
We will be based in a primary school so that we can offer a professional and safe environment with classrooms, laptops and space for dance, yoga, art and outdoor play. This will take place on Saturday mornings, starting on the 30th of April.
We are meeting this Friday, 22nd April at 10am at a school near Launceston (TBC) for a very informal session of about an hour, so that any Ukrainians already here can meet each other, let us know a bit about themselves and what they’d like from these sessions.
News Update - 27th May 2022
2022 has proved a very significant year for anyone whose life has been disturbed or affected by the term 'refugee' as the dreadful invasion of Ukraine has changed what we do and how we react.
Since 24th February we have become involved with the local and national initiatives to welcome Ukrainian refugees to our country, our town, our homes. Much of the emphasis of our work has changed, and a new generation of kind and generous people has emerged. As a charity we have been involved in collecting donations, organising transport of those to refugees in Central Europe, as well as supporting the work of those working closely with the 77 sponsored families already living in or near Launceston.
Our connection with the Syrian family who settled here in 2019 remains strong, and they continue to develop their lives in their new, adopted country. Mohammad and his family are well.
Much more detail of our work is available through our Facebook page; if you would like to be involved please let us know, and perhaps consider donating to our finances.
If you would like to contribute financially - Bank Account: Launceston Refugee Support Group Account number: 24335460 Sort Code: 30-94-91
LRSG is a group of local people getting together to take action in support of refugees displaced by conflict and those on the roads or in camps across Europe. We also endeavour to support those resettling here in our area.
We have been inspired by the desperate situation of refugees but also by the success of Bude Refugee Support Group and other groups in Cornwall providing a community response to the situation.
The charitable aims for LRSG are to relieve financial hardship for those seeking refuge from conflict in Europe, the Middle East, the North Africa region and those granted refugee status and their dependents living in Cornwall and Launceston in particular.
- These aims will be achieved by building local networks, and helping in the work being done to collect, sort and dispatch useful items to stranded refugees, especially those in Europe looking to reach the UK and those arriving across the Mediterranean.
- We will continue to work towards welcoming families to Launceston, as part of the government’s pledge to resettle some of the most vulnerable refugees in the UK.
We started in February 2017, in June 2018 we achieved charitable status, in July 2019 we welcomed the first resettled Syrian family in Launceston working closely with Cornwall Council under a "hybrid" version of the VPRS which we have developed for our situation where the council support is too remote for them to fully manage the scheme.
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