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Efforts to resettle Ukrainian refugees in Derbyshire

29 March 2022

We’re leading a partnership of organisations to support people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine by safely resettling them into Derbyshire homes. And we’re calling on colleagues who speak either Russian or Ukrainian to come forward to help translate.

As the first families begin to arrive in the county, we’re working with other agencies including local district and borough councils, health colleagues, police, voluntary and community groups to support them as part of the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme.

This is the largest resettlement programme we have helped to co-ordinate and so far around 100 Derbyshire households have been accepted to the scheme to open up their home to host Ukrainian refugees – with many more expected to follow.

Demand for existing translation services are expected to be high and so we’re urging any employees who can speak either Russian or Ukrainian to help. Please email to volunteer.

As part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme, Government has asked councils and other agencies to take on tasks such as carrying out safeguarding checks to make sure refugees are settled into safe and supportive homes, administering emergency payments of £200 to refugees and national £350 a month ‘thank you’ payments to host families – also known as sponsors, helping to secure school places for arriving children and young people and giving advice on how to access other services, like healthcare or welfare benefits.

Work has already started across departments and many more staff may be called upon to help as the numbers of Ukrainian people arriving in Derbyshire increase.

Offers of help from residents wanting to provide support other than accommodation are already coming in and we’re encouraging people to email with any offers. Anyone wishing to register to host Ukrainian refugees in their home must register on the government’s website.

Find out more about the government scheme.  

Find out more about the partnership's support for Ukrainian refugees