The Russian attack on Ukraine has caused the displacement of many tens of thousands of Ukrainian people from their homes. We stand in support of the Ukrainian people and we understand that many people in Slough will want to do all they can to help them in their hour of need.
Arriving in a foreign country has many challenges. The culture, food, education, healthcare and other systems are very different. The council along with its partners are committed to supporting you, your sponsor and your family, as well as keeping you safe. We are working closely with a number of different agencies to ensure we help you in the best way.
Many more sponsors will welcome Ukrainians in the coming weeks and months. However, you need to be aware that:
- some homes maybe too remote for Ukrainian people to access jobs as they may not be able to drive
- you may not be able to offer the level of support required
- you may not be able to meet the detailed criteria such as accommodation standards and safeguarding checks.
Check the guidance on sources of support available for sponsors on GOV.UK.
Some Ukrainians with UK sponsors, who have had visas granted, may choose to remain closer to home as the immediate threat of war fades from their home area. This should be respected by us all, while our doors remain open should circumstances worsen.
The Ukraine welcome guide aims to help Ukrainians settle in the UK. The Homes for Ukraine scheme provides information on:
More information available in Frequently asked questions.
Emergency telephone line
An emergency telephone line 01753 537142, run by Slough Refugee Support, is available as the first point of contact to signpost refugees and asylum seekers and to help local community hosts with their queries. It is an answerphone service, running 5 days a week. Please leave a message and you will receive a response within 24 hours. For further information please visit Slough Refugee Support.
Understanding your rights
The British Red Cross website has information to help you understand rights and find out about services and support. For emotional support call the free British Red Cross support line: 0808 196 3651 (open between 10am – 6pm daily). If you need an interpreter, call and say, ‘can I speak to an interpreter?’.