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Ukraine support

Homes for Ukraine

The government have launched the Homes for Ukraine scheme, allowing people to register their interest in offering Ukrainian refugees a place to live.

It allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to offer accommodation to Ukrainians and their immediate family members who have been forced to leave their country.

Support for refugees

Hertfordshire County Council have information and guidance for Ukrainians who have been rehomed in the area.

Barnardo’s Ukrainian Support Helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. The free helpline (0800 148 8586) is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, and offers support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine.

Free access to leisure facilities

We are pleased to offer free access to our leisure facilities for three months to any refugees from Ukraine who have been rehomed in North Herts. This offer is restricted to using the gym and swimming facilities at off peak times.

To apply for this membership offer, please email leisure@north-herts.gov.uk with the following information for each person:

  • first name
  • last name
  • date of birth
  • email address
  • phone number
  • gender
  • selected leisure centre (North Herts Leisure Centre, Hitchin Swimming Centre or Royston Leisure Centre)

Applicants will be asked to provide the following documents as proof of eligibility:

  • letter from the Home Office confirming refugee or asylum status
  • a Ukrainian Family Scheme Visa
  • proof of application to the UK government as a Ukrainian refugee

How you can help

You can donate money to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families.