Coventry welcomes Ukrainian families – Coventry City Council

Recently Coventry City Council, along with partners Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, and Coventry’s Association of Ukrainians, welcomed the first set of Ukrainian families into the city.

On Thursday 14 April, Coventry City Council (CCC) and its partner organisations across the city hosted a coffee morning to welcome the first set of Ukrainian arrivals into the city.

Since the announcement of the Homes for Ukraine Scheme in March, Coventry City Council and its partner organisation Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC), have been working tirelessly to prepare for the arrival of Ukrainian nationals.

Along with providing the latest available guidance to both Ukrainian nationals and potential sponsors as well as carrying out the necessary DBS and accommodation checks, the city council has worked closely with Coventry’s Ukrainian Association to organise the coffee morning.

The coffee morning was a chance for the Ukrainian arrivals to meet members of Coventry’s Ukrainian community and their sponsor families, to learn more about the support and guidance that the city council and its partners provide, and to answer any questions they may have had.

Praising the collective spirit shown by Coventry residents in supporting Ukrainian arrivals, Head of Migration and Library Services, Peter Barnett CBE, said:

“We have seen time and time again, the selflessness of Coventry residents and their willingness to support those most in need, regardless of where in the world they come from.

“Since the government announced the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, Coventry residents have come forward in their droves to offer humanitarian support in whichever way they’re able to, including providing accommodation, with over 200 residents expressing their interest to provide accommodation.

“The support shown has assisted in welcoming 20 people into the city so far, with more to follow over the coming months.

“This is a fast-changing and fluid situation, and we understand that there are many potential hosts who are frustrated by the delays in matching hosts with families/individuals, and in visas being approved once hosts have been matched, but our partners Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre are developing a package of support that we can be confident will adequately support both hosts and guests throughout.

“And I have no doubt that Coventry’s organisations and indeed its residents, will continue to step forward and lead the way in resettling and integrating the most vulnerable members of our society”.

Providing a warm welcome to the Ukrainian families arriving in Coventry, Chair of the Association of Ukrainians in Coventry, Dr Mario Kosmirak, said:

“The last two months have been a perilously uncertain and incredibly difficult period for Ukrainians all around the world, but it brings me a degree of comfort to see some of our fellow Ukrainian nationals begin to arrive in Coventry into sanctuary.

“It has been an incredibly difficult and challenging last few months, but we’re incredibly grateful for the enormous effort made by all across this wonderful City of Peace and Reconciliation who have been getting the necessary provisions ready to welcome our fellow Ukrainians.

“As our attention now turns to ensuring that our fellow Ukrainians are able to settle and integrate into the city, we will be hosting regular coffee mornings at various locations across the city to welcome them and demonstrate the extensive support that is available to them as they begin to rebuild their lives in peace and safety”.

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