Do you think you might be able to help house a Ukrainian refugee? Are you interested in finding out more, but hesitant without knowing further details? Or are you simply curious and wanting to find out more information?
HyPER has been approached by and is aware of a number of local groups that are initiating and facilitating homes for refugees, and we know of Ukrainians that have already been housed on the Estate. It can be a slightly daunting concept to consider what such a commitment might involve, so we can help by putting you in touch with either others that have already done the same or with organisations that are helping to coordinate, allowing you to find out more before making a formal pledge.
Even if you are only slightly interested, we would encourage you to find out more. By expressing interest you are not making a commitment, and if nothing else we hope that as a result you would at least feel better informed.
To give some examples, we are aware of a number of professional Ukrainian dancers looking for a home locally, at least one of whom has represented Ukraine at an international level. We also know of tech entrepreneurs, as well as younger adults who have just completed or who were in the process of finishing studies. We have biographies for some of these, if you would be interested in simply finding out more about these people. The majority speak fluent English.
Assistance would be given in making the formal arrangements, and we are in touch with a local law firm who is able to provide professional advice.
If you have a spare room that you are keen to offer now, or if you are simply curious and wish to find out a little more, then please do get in touch.
There are many long-standing refugee projects involving Syrians, Iraqis, Afghanis, Yemenis, Myanmar, Sub-Saharan Africans and refugees from other parts of the world. Westminster Council’s Support for Afghan refugees provides one such example. These are also worthy of support by HyPER members.