BlindsbyPost in Shipley helps people fleeing the Ukraine crisis

A UKRAINIAN refugee is rebuilding her life in the UK with her daughter and has explained how her new job in the Bradford district has given her a fresh start.

Iryna has secured a full-time job with Shipley-based BlindsbyPost, which has launched a campaign to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in the Bradford area.

The scheme will see the online blind retailer fast track Ukrainians who have come to the UK and are looking for work in the region.

Iryna was the first person to be nominated under this program and she said: “Having the opportunity to get a full time job and an income meant a lot to me when I had to leave my country of origin and my husband who stayed in Ukraine.

She explained that she wasn’t sure what to expect when she arrived in the UK, but her job has given her the stability she needs to start building a new life with her daughter.

“I hope to see my husband again soon,” she said.

BlindsbyPost worked closely with Rob Higgie, a first responder who enables refugees to enter the UK and find employment with local businesses, to raise awareness of the scheme.

Iryna, first responder Rob Higgie and Oliver Hudson of BlindsbyPost

Rob said: “It is impossible to understand what Ukrainians and other people arriving in the UK as refugees have been through.

“Companies like BlindsbyPost play a crucial role in supporting these people and providing them with some stability in a time of unprecedented conflict and upheaval.”

BlindsbyPost also supports young people in the UK struggling to find full-time employment.

The company is part of the government’s Kickstarter campaign which was set up to fund employers and enable them to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

The program has proven successful for BlindsbyPost – a total of four people have successfully completed their training and found full-time employment.

“As a Bradford-based company, it’s really important to us to provide employment opportunities for people in the area,” said company director Oliver Hudson.

“Having the opportunity to support people affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine and young people struggling to keep their jobs is an honor.

“People are the lifeblood of any successful business and the growth of our skilled and dedicated team benefits everyone. It means a lot to be able to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

For all Ukrainian refugees in the region, BlindsbyPost has created a dedicated landing page on the job application website at www.blindsbypost.co.uk/blindsbypost-launches-refugee-job-scheme.

Christi C. Elwood