A small number of displaced Ukrainians already here in Richmond now need to move on due to illness or an unforeseen change in circumstances in their host’s household. Under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, hosts will receive a monthly payment of £350 for the remainder of their guests’ first year in the UK. If you… Continue reading Ukrainian refugees need replacement hosts
Refugees Welcome in Richmond and the Vineyard Community Centre are hosting a weekly social hub for Ukrainian guests and hosts at the Vineyard Café at 2a The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ. From October the hub will run every Tuesday 1-3pm. Connect with other hosts and guests, practise your English, Ukrainian, Russian and other languages! Enjoy… Continue reading Weekly Ukrainian social hub at The Vineyard
Update: Thanks very much to Samira Kitman and Firas Ali for organising an excellent exhibition of Samira’s artworks at Ham Youth Centre on Sunday 29 May. The event was very well attended, as you can see from the images below. If you attended our Spring Party in March, you might have had the pleasure of… Continue reading 29 May: Samira Kitman art exhibition supporting Afghan refugees
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC) have been providing additional free language courses for those on the Homes for Ukraine and Family Visa schemes throughout the summer. Anyone interested in signing up for new classes over the coming term should sign up for an assessment to determine their language level, so that they can… Continue reading Free English courses for Ukraine scheme refugees
Millions of people celebrated Eid-al Fitr on 1st and 2nd May to mark the end of Ramadan, including many of our refugee families and friends. To mark the occasion we organised gifts for all the children aged under 12, vouchers for the teenagers, and a voucher or cash for each family. We wish all our… Continue reading Eid-al Fitr Mubarak!
For the latest guidance and updates on support for refugees from Ukraine, visit our Ukraine page.
Our secretary, Valerie Booth, reports back from a meeting on 31st March to discuss our support for refugees and asylum seekers from Ukraine arriving in Richmond. In response to the current crisis, we invited existing and new contacts to join us at the Vineyard Community Centre. We had approximately 20 attendees, most having signed up… Continue reading Finding homes for Ukraine: report from our meeting
Our Housing Officer, Simone Webster, reports back from another very useful meeting with Sarah Olney MP on Wednesday 30th March. Sarah gave us the opportunity to outline our work to date and advise of tomorrow’s discussion and recruitment meeting, which she offered to publicise. After a brief update on the political and military status of… Continue reading Comments from Sarah Olney’s coffee morning
Volunteers from Refugees Welcome in Richmond met with Sarah Olney, MP for Richmond Park, today on Friday 11th March at her constituency office. We discussed setting up a database collating offers of local sponsorship and accommodation to facilitate resettlement of Ukrainian refugees as soon as the proposed government sponsorship scheme is announced. Other issues we raised… Continue reading Responding to the crisis in Ukraine
In response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames signed up to accept Afghan refugees under the Government’s and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Schemes. With thousands of Afghan refugees waiting in limbo in bridging hotels, more properties are urgently needed to give families the stability they need to rebuild their lives.