With refugees from Ukraine now beginning to arrive in Aldershot and Farnborough, Rushmoor Borough Council is working with the voluntary sector and Hampshire County Council to make sure they are supported.
The council is continuing to work closely with Hampshire County Council, the lead agency, and Rushmoor Voluntary Services (RVS), to ensure any families from Ukraine are welcomed and integrated in the borough.
This includes working with sponsors and community support groups to make sure that refugees can settle in and receive the help they need, developing a support network with partners and establishing links with the existing Ukrainian community in Rushmoor.
Residents who want to help with the community response are encouraged to register their interest online with RVS, which is coordinating a support network.
They can give details of any kind of help they can give – anything from food, clothing, and phones to access to healthcare, mental health support and animal fostering by filling in the RVS form.
Offers of help are welcome from individuals, organisations, and faith groups.
Rushmoor Borough Council’s Assistant Chief Executive Rachel Barker said: “Leaving your country and everything behind and travelling thousands of miles to escape war is a traumatic experience for anyone. We want to do our level best to make sure that the refugees from Ukraine are supported while in Rushmoor and become a valued part of our community.”
Rushmoor Voluntary Service’s Chief Executive Donna Bone, said: “As we saw so clearly during the pandemic, the people of Aldershot and Farnborough have always responded fantastically well to help the vulnerable and those in need. I’m sure they will respond equally well to those coming here to escape the conflict in their homeland. I would encourage anyone with offers of help to head over to our website and let us know what they can do.”
For more information and details of how refugees from Ukraine are being welcomed to Rushmoor please see our Support for Ukraine page.