District Council support for our Ukrainian Community

Posted on: Friday, June 7, 2024

Ukrainians hosted within the district due to the ongoing conflict continue to receive help through Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Since 2022 the District Council has assisted 181 individuals or families into hosted placements.

Initially, help was given via the District Council’s humanitarian response through the Community Engagement team. As time passed it became clear this assistance was required longer term and the District Council created a resettlement team, responsible for all resettlement in the district.

The team consists of a Resettlement Coordinator, who organises all elements of the District Council resettlement programme and two Tenancy Support Workers who assess and approve the host placements, work alongside hosts and families with support, advice and assistance during their stay and work to secure alternative hosts or housing where necessary.

Suzanne Shead, Director of Housing, Health and Wellbeing at Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “At the District Council we are absolutely committed to the continued support of the Ukrainian community and those who are fleeing the conflict and wish to settle in Newark and Sherwood. We are very proud to have supported 181 individuals and families so far with four more on the way to us soon.

“Since 2022 we have helped our new residents settle in the community, set up recruitment fairs to help them find work and hosted social events celebrating Ukrainian culture and help families to make connections. It has been a privilege to help these individuals and families find safety in the district and to live their lives away from the ongoing conflict. I also want to extend a huge thank you to our hosts who have opened their homes, selflessly, to help support people in very difficult circumstances to feel welcome and safe in our district.”