Our latest figures show that 1,144 guests are living in East Sussex under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, being hosted at 496 properties across the county.
We can’t say it often enough: we’re extremely grateful to all our hosts. We know it’s not always easy, but we hear more success stories than anything else. As one host told us:
“Yes there are practical and emotional challenges but I and my family have found it not only rewarding but even life-changing.”
For anyone able to continue their hosting arrangement, we’ll keep up all the support we can to help make it work. The government has guaranteed an increased payment of £500 a month to all sponsors after their guests have been in the UK for a year.
If you have any questions or issues you want to raise, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01273 337010 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).
We’d also be pleased to hear from anyone who is considering becoming a Homes for Ukraine host and would like to explore this in a conversation with us first.
Anyone who’d like to host should record their interest with the government, using this button below.
Ukrainian guests who are looking for work might be interested in some of the roles on offer with local councils. An online jobs fair held by Jobs Centre Plus this week published dozens of jobs: and they’re listed here on Twitter:
There’s another recruitment event aimed at Ukrainian guests at Wealden Council’s offices in Hailsham on Monday 6 February. More details in the link below.
There’s new guidance out from the government this week about what hosts should do if their guests are temporarily absent from their accommodation. If they’re away for more than four weeks, hosts are asked to let us know, using the contact email: email@example.com
It’s understood there are good reasons why guests will be away for shorter periods and the government guidance suggests hosts speak to them about these arrangements so everyone understands what’s planned and how to manage it.
Many teachers are taking industrial action in the coming days and this is likely to affect most schools in East Sussex. Some schools may close entirely on strike days,others may offer only certain classes or activities, or move to remote learning.
The first strike is planned for Wednesday (1 February) with more in March. Schools are likely to communicate directly with parents, but we’d advise people in households with school-age children to check on the school’s website.