Homes for Ukraine

Update from the County Council 30th March 2022.

Organisations across the county have joined forces to support people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine by safely resettling them into Derbyshire homes. So far around 100 Derbyshire households have been accepted to open up their home to host Ukrainian refugees under the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme – with many more expected to follow.

As the first families begin to arrive in the county, efforts to support them to settle with their host families are being led by a partnership including ourselves, local district and borough councils, health colleagues, police, voluntary and community groups and other agencies.

The partnership – which previously coordinated the response to calls from Government to house Afghan refugees – will take on tasks such as carrying out safeguarding checks to make sure refugees are settled into safe and supportive homes, administering emergency payments of £200 to refugees and national £350 a month ‘thank you’ payments to host families, helping to secure school places for arriving children and young people and giving advice on how to access other services, like healthcare or welfare benefits.

The partnership is not responsible for matching host households with people travelling from Ukraine but is working to support both the hosts and guests once they have been matched and their visa application has been confirmed. Anyone wishing to register to host a Ukrainian refugee or a family in their home must register on the Government’s website.

Offers of support have been received from people across the county who are unable to provide accommodation but would like to help in other ways and anyone who wishes to offer their support in this way can email ukrainesupport@derbyshire.gov.uk.