Standing in solidarity with Ukraine

Borough response to Ukraine crisis - and how you can help

The Borough of Eastleigh is showing its support for the people of Ukraine following the country's invasion by Russia. We have a proud history of helping support refugees and evacuees and will continue to offer the same for the people of Ukraine. 

The flag of Ukraine will be flown in the Leigh Road Recreation Ground as mark of the Borough's solidarity with its people and we have decorated our bandstand with the Ukrainian flag. 

Homes for Ukraine 

The British public are now being asked to open their homes to those fleeing war in Ukraine.

This bespoke scheme will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland.

Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but there is a minimum expectation of 6 months. 

If you are interested, you can find out more and how to register on the government's website

On the government's website you will also find some answers to frequently asked questions about the scheme 

There is a factsheet about the scheme here 

There is also a welcome guide for Ukrainian's arriving in the Uk in both English and Ukrainian 

The Government announced on 11 April, that Council Tax regulations confirm that sponsors claiming the single householder council tax discount will not lose their discount if they host Ukrainian guests. A 50 per cent discount would now also apply for empty or second homes that are used to house guests on the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. More information can be found on their website 

Hampshire County Council's role 

Hampshire County Council are leading the response for Hampshire under the Government's Homes for Ukraine Scheme, using government funding they will:   

  • Check sponsorship arrangements
  • conduct home visits
  • do safeguarding and homes fire safety checks
  • undertake DBS checks 
  • provide initial financial support (£200 for Ukrainian guests and £350 per month for sponsors hosting families) 
  • assist with school and education places 

You can find more information on Hampshire County Council's website 

www.resetuk.org has launched a matching and training service for sponsors and refugees. 

Our role 

We have set up a weekly welcome cafe for both Ukrainian guests and their sponsors. At these we've invited other agencies to help provide support and advice and they also give the opportunity to meet other Ukrainian refugees. The cafe is a drop-in and runs at The Point in Eastleigh from 10am - 12pm on a Wednesday 

We want everyone to feel welcome in our borough, so we have a dedicated part of our website giving all the information about your local area - it's called Welcome to the Borough 

Our housing and homeless teams are also on hand to help if it's needed for our Ukrainian guests 

Donations 

We've teamed up with One Community and are asking for donations of new adult and children's shampoo, sanitary products, adult and child bath / shower gels, disposable nappies, nappy cream and all types of toothpaste. If you can help, please drop off donations to One Community offices, or Wessex House (Eastleigh Business Centre) next to Eastleigh House on Upper Market Street 

English Language Classes

Eastleigh College are running an English Language courses 

You can register here

Free Activities and Leisure access in the Borough 

Three of the Borough Leisure Centres are offering free access to some of their leisure facilities 

Hamble Sports Complex
Satchell Lane, Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton SO31 4NE

  • Ukrainian refugees can sign up online, alternatively they can visit Hamble Sports Complex and sign up in the centre. There is an eligibility criteria and proof of Home Office email will need to be provided

Places Leisure Eastleigh
Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh SO50 9NL 

  • Free Membership - Premium 3 month Upfront membership to be used if processing as refugee support, 4 kids go free, the same as all our customers.
  • ​​​​​​​Free lessons - Six months free lessons (dependent on spaces available.) Six months is a good time period that allows the child to learn something in a meaningful manner.
  • There is no charge and no joining fee and this is a local offer so those wishing to benefit from this membership offer can visit reception at the centre and speak to one of the Placemakers at any time, or email enquiries@placesleisureeastleigh.org for more information

Wildern Leisure Centre

Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4EJ

Wildern Leisure Centre are pleased to offer a three month Free access to gym and public swim sessions for Ukrainian visitors (subject to availability).  Simply take your Identity card or passport to Wildern Leisure Centre and you will be issued a free 3 month membership card.

Itchen Valley Country Park
We are offering free parking permits to Ukrainian visitors and their hosts until 31st August 2022 at our Country Park in West End.  Please email ukrainewelcome@eastleigh.gov.uk with your name, address and car registration number to apply for your free permit.

Organisations supporting Ukraine 

Locally:

The Polish Social Club in Southampton are collecting items for donations. More details can be found on their facebook page.

CRY Children's Charity
The three CRY Shops in the Borough are actively supporting the people of Ukraine and are accepting monetary donations.

Nationally:

British-Ukrainian Aid 
supports victims of the ongoing war, orphaned children, internally displaced persons, the wounded and others in need. It has launched a JustGiving appeal.

Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain 
(AUGB), the appeal is raising funds to provide accredited and registered Ukrainian charities with medicine, food and vital services.

ShelterBox
supports with lifesaving aid for families and emergency shelter

British Red Cross

*Please check with the organisations' websites or Facebook Pages for period of collection, details of drop-off times, and other information

Contact us: 

If you have specific enquiries about any aspects of the scheme, you can contact us on ukrainewelcome@eastleigh.gov.uk 

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Ukraine Welcome Pack - useful information about living in our Borough