Information for Sponsors/Hosts
Help someone fleeing Ukraine by sponsoring and hosting them in your home or offering self-contained accommodation: How you can help the people of Ukraine | GOV.WALES
- Sponsors in Wales can call the free helpline on 0808 175 1508 for advice
- For help with benefits, if required, you/your guests can access support from Powys CAB, and contact their Help to Claim service on 0800 024 1220. Callers will speak to an adviser trained in assisting people to start their Universal Credit claim. The adviser can conference call with translation services too.
If you have registered on the UK Government's Homes for Ukraine Scheme, the UK Government Is dealing with your offer. Powys County Council will receive information on all the sponsors once the UK Government has processed these offers. Powys County Council will be in touch with you once we have received this.
- Wales as a super sponsor | GOV.WALES
- Sanctuary | Choose a path (gov.wales)
- Find out how your business can offer a job or placement to those coming from Ukraine (via Business Wales): https://businesswales.gov.wales/skillsgateway/recruitment-support/restart
Your local authority is responsible for:
- Registering children with schools
- Providing advice on family support services, such as help with childcare costs English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes
- Working with local health boards to signpost advice and referral pathways to specialist public health services as appropriate, for example for vaccinations or TB screening
- Advice on further support services such as initial stabilisation, counselling and mental health support, adult social care, and children's services should be provided as needed
- Arranging local Jobcentre Plus appointments for benefit assessments, including for emergency payments while any benefits are being arranged
Home visits and DBS Checks
The Welsh Government requires home visits to be done to check your accommodation is suitable. The Council's Environmental Health and Social Services will carry out an initial home visit at a time that is convenient to you. If you are not an owner occupier i.e., you rent your home, please let the officer know when to contact you.
All sponsors and household members aged 16 years and above will require a new DBS check.
The local authority will determine which DBS check(s) (enhanced or basic) will be required in line with government guidance.
- The family will be able to register with the local GP. GPs should have been made aware of Ukrainian arrivals and should arrange to carry out, or arrange for, an 'enhanced' screening check and also provide information about any necessary vaccinations, including Covid 19.
- In respect of mental health, it is likely that those arriving will be distressed and, possibly, in need of support. If you have concerns in this regard, then please contact your GP in the first instance.
- Sane Ukraine - Peer/Supported Mental Health, a free to attend daily trauma and resilience meeting online for Ukrainian citizens to give them the opportunity to chat to people experiencing the same things. The sessions are 45 minutes long.
Sponsors will not be charged for these checks. Local authority will be available to support you with your DBS checks and will be on hand to discuss any concerns or queries you may have.
The council will provide an initial £200 per person cash payment to new arrivals, as well as a £500 monthly "thank you" payment to you as a host. The monthly amount is limited is limited to £500 per residential address, irrespective of the number of people being hosted.
- Immigration - Citizens Advice
- Offering to let someone from Ukraine stay with you - Citizens Advice
- Bringing family members from Ukraine to the UK - Citizens Advice
- Getting a bank account - Citizens Advice
- Donations: If you would like to donate money, you can make a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal or you can donate to the Nation of Sanctuary Croeso Fund
- Email Powys County Council at firstname.lastname@example.org