Call for more Welsh homes to support those fleeing war
Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt has thanked the households in Wales who have come forward to offer their homes to Ukrainians fleeing war and encourages more households to provide this lifesaving support.
“I am delighted to say that over 5,650 people from Ukraine, sponsored by the Welsh Government and Welsh households, have already arrived in the UK,” the Minister said.
“Over 8,200 visas have now been issued to Ukrainians who have sponsors in Wales, so we can expect the number of arrivals to continue to rise in the weeks to come.
“Thousands of Welsh households have sponsored Ukrainians to come to Wales and have pledged to host them for at least six months. As we move into the fall, we are nearing the end of this initial period.
“We hope the hosts and the Ukrainians will agree to extend many of these placements, but we need additional hosts to support those who cannot continue to live where they are.
“In order to ensure a warm welcome to Wales, I urge households in Wales to come forward and open their homes to welcome those seeking refuge. We are hugely grateful to everyone in Wales who are welcoming Ukrainians, but it is essential that more homes come forward.
“I completely understand that there are those who want to help but may not have the resources to do so, given the circumstances we are all facing with the cost of living crisis. But what we all know, and it’s been proven time and time again, is that the people of Wales are some of the most generous in the world and I’m sure we’ll get back to it.
“The idea of accommodation can be daunting. That’s why we funded Housing Justice Cymruto provide a host support service which includes expert and reliable information, training, advice and guidance for people who are hosting or considering hosting Ukrainians in Wales.
“We also publish regularly updated tips for hosts and sponsors.
“We still need many more households to see if they could provide housing for people in need. This would normally be a commitment to host for six to 12 months.
“If anyone is considering this, we encourage them to register their interest, and to attend one of the “Introduction to Housing” sessions, hosted by Housing Justice Cymru. There will be no obligation to continue the process if you decide this is not for you.
“We have also partnered with Airbnb.org to ensure that very short-term emergency placements can be provided to prevent homelessness. If you cannot host for more than six months but can offer your property for up to 30 days at a time, you can also contribute – go to gov.wales/offerhome and follow the link to the Airbnb.org platform.
Finally, the minister said: “We will continue to communicate with those hosting Ukrainians, with up-to-date advice and information to support the valuable role you are undertaking.
“To everyone who is already hosting and to those who are considering hosting, thank you, we all owe you a huge debt of gratitude.”
Help and support
Wales is ready to welcome you. We have a proud history of welcoming people affected by conflict and adversity.
Advice if you are a host living in Wales and you are sponsoring a Ukrainian person or family can be found here.
Sponsors in Wales can call the free helpline on 0808 175 1508 for advice.
For Ukrainian nationals and their families Assistance with visas and settling in the UK is available on GOV UK.
For help applying to come to the UK, call this freephone number on +44 808 164 8810.
Call 0808 164 8810 if you are in the UK. If you cannot reach UK 0808 numbers, call +44 (0)175 390 7510.
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