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Charity acts to help Ukrainian refugees coming to Redditch

Redditch Editorial 15th Mar, 2022

LOCAL charity Support Redditch is co-ordinating a network to help room-matching services in light of the war in Ukraine and the possiblity of refugees coming to the region.

The organisation has teamed with Swifttemps to help Ukrainians find work once in Redditch and with Kingfisher Estates to help those offering accommodation with services and advice.

And the charity is calling for other businesses, charities and community groups to join them by emailing info@supportredditch.net

Chair of trustees Mike Rouse said: “We are inviting people across Redditch who wish to offer a room or other suitable accommodation to come forward and let us have their details as well as registering directly with the Government.

“This enables them to be plugged into our support network and services too.”

As a charity, Support Redditch is able to help people who are within Redditch and the surrounding area, namely Astwood Bank, Feckenham, Bromsgrove (all districts), Mappleborough Green, Studley, Inkberrow and Hanbury.

This means that refugees must have already arrived within these area to access help directly.

Until then the charity can work with local people to help them understand the processes being operated by government and local authorities.

The charity will also seek to act as a go-between with those offering accommodation and Ukrainians wishing to come to the UK.

A form to register as a potential local sponsor can be found at https://supportredditch.net/services/

Damian Lee at Swifttemps said: “We are delighted to partner with Support Redditch so we can help find work for Ukrainians once they arrive into the area.

“We are well connected into many local industries, and with a national vacancy crisis at the moment there are plenty of opportunities to provide.”

Aled Evans a director at Kingfisher Estates and solicitor at LandlordSolicitors.com said: “We can help with lodger agreements, licences, inventories and a range of other matters and where we are supporting one of our locally-registered hosts we will waive any fees – it’s the least we can do to thank people for coming forward and doing their bit.”

The Support Redditch charity is also appealing for volunteers to help with its Ukraine Crisis Project, from interpreters to those with experience of the immigration and asylum system.

The charity is also seeking trustees. To help, email info@supportredditch.net

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