The government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme allows people with space in their homes to offer a room to an individual or family escaping the conflict in Ukraine. Despite the organisation’s concerns around the scheme’s design, Asylum Welcome is heartened by the extraordinary expression of generosity from the public in response to the scheme, and is determined to help make it work.
Extrapolating from national figures, Asylum Welcome estimates that well over a thousand people from across the county will have registered to host new arrivals. Asylum Welcome seeks to provide hosts with support and guidance, to make the best of this exciting and challenging new arrangement. This will be a first hosting experience for many, so Asylum Welcome will help and support prospective and new hosts and guests when they arrive and in the first few months following their arrival.
Asylum Welcome is working with councils and others to design a more comprehensive programme; the organisation has already recruited staff to support the surge in work. Last week, Asylum Welcome organised a meeting attended by councils and around a hundred local organisations and groups, both formal and informal, who wanted to learn more about the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme and how it will work in Oxfordshire, and explore what support would be most useful.
Mark Goldring, director of Asylum Welcome, says: