Support for Ukraine

Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Homes for Ukraine 

The Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to offer refuge to an individual or family from Ukraine who are fleeing the war. 
To find out more and register your interest, visit  Gov.uk. 

If you have already signed up to the Homes for Ukraine scheme read Gov.uk: Sponsor guidance, and frequently asked questions

Welcome to Rochford and Essex 

Welcome packs have been put together for sponsors and Ukrainian arrivals providing local information and support. 

This includes help with finances and benefits, applying for school places, accessing NHS services and mental health support. 

Essex County Council and Rochford District Council have created these useful local resources: 

The Government has also produced  Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK, available in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.  

Donations 

We recommend that anyone who wants to offer financial support should donate money to recognised charities already working on the ground in Ukraine, such as: 

For more advice, go to  GOV.UK: Ukraine - what you can do to help. 

Looking after you 

Rochford District Council is here for you and standing in support of Ukraine.  

We warmly welcome you to our district and hope you find our community friendly and helpful. 

Rochford District Council  

Rochford District Council is split between two locations, the main Council offices are located at South Street in Rochford, SS4 1BW. The other office is located at the Civic Suite in Rayleigh, SS6 8EB.  
Phone lines and live chat services are open 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.  

Please call 01702 546366 or for our live chat service by clicking on the purple box at the bottom right-hand corner of this website. 

The Community Hub  

Residents of Rochford have access to the hub@themegacentre.  

The hub brings together a range of services, including those provided by the public sector, private/voluntary organisations and community groups, allowing people to access the support and advice they need quickly and conveniently.  

MegaCentre website

Email: hub@megacentrerayleigh.co.uk  

Telephone: 01268 779999 

Barnardo’s free helpline to support Ukrainian families

The conflict and ongoing violence in Ukraine have caused families to forcibly leave their homes, in search of safety, with many arriving in the UK. 

In response to this, following discussion with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Barnardo’s has set up the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service. The helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. 

Barnardo’s free helpline (0800 148 8586) is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, to offer support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine. 

The helpline is open Monday – Friday (10:00am – 8:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am – 3:00pm). Callers will be able to get help and advice on a range of topics. 

A dedicated email address ukrainiansupport@barnardos.org.uk and webpage have also been set up for those assisting with the Ukraine response. 

More information from Barnados website