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Search for more Derbyshire hosts to support the Homes for Ukraine scheme

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Fri 14th October 2022

Derbyshire’s resettlement partnership is searching for more hosts to support the Homes for Ukraine scheme and offer accommodation to refugees fleeing war.

Derbyshire County Council, which is part of the resettlement partnership, has issued a call for more hosts to sign up to the scheme.

It said: “New hosts are being sought for a range of reasons including to help support Ukrainian guests whose original accommodation hasn’t worked out, or where their original hosts have had changes to their personal circumstances meaning they are unable to continue to offer the use of their home.

“In addition, as more visa applications are approved with arrivals looking to make Derbyshire their temporary home, further hosts are needed to help meet demand.”

To become a host, you must be able to offer accommodation for at least six months and you will be expected to help with tasks such as registering with a GP and opening a bank account.

In exchange, you’ll received £350 a month.

Councillor Barry Lewis, leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Derbyshire has always been a welcoming and compassionate place and we give our heartfelt thanks to Derbyshire families who have opened their homes to help those fleeing war in Ukraine.

“Now we’re calling on those who offered their support initially but weren’t matched with a guest, as well as residents who were not in a position to help earlier in the year but whose circumstances have since changed, to get in touch if they are able to offer accommodation.

“We recognise that circumstances change for both host and guests and our Homes for Ukraine team is on hand to answer any questions from those interested in supporting the scheme.”

You can find out more about Derbyshire’s Homes for Ukraine scheme – including how to sign up as a host – here.