Support for Ukraine

We are expecting more details on the current situation in the very near future. This page will be updated as soon as that information is available. 

We will do all we can to support those fleeing the war in Ukraine and are working with our partners to provide assistance.

Paultons Park - Free Tickets 

Information from Paultons Park: Paultons' Charity Policy | Paultons Family Theme Park (paultonspark.co.uk)

"Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and we are saddened to see and hear about the ongoing situation that has affected so many lives.

As well as having made a donation to the Red Cross supporting families in Ukraine, we have also donated tickets to Test Valley Borough Council to help support Ukrainian refugees living in our local area.  The tickets will be distributed on our behalf by our friends at the Romsey Visitor Information Centre.

Please contact the Romsey Visitor Information Centre on 01794 512987 or by email at romseyvic@tourismse.com to find out more and to check eligibility. Please note that the tickets are only for families being hosted in the New Forest, Test Valley and Southampton area. There will be a maximum of 4 tickets issued per request."

Summer Reading Challenge 2022 - Gadgeteers!

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to share stories and encourage reading throughout the summer holidays, a time when children’s reading skills can sometimes dip.

The theme of the challenge this year is Gadgeteers. Join Eddie, Leo, Ajay, Maggie, Aisha and James and discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around you!

You can sign up at your local, Hampshire library, or sign up online here, from Saturday 16 July and read or listen to any six books to earn a certificate and medal. You can read story books, fact books, eBooksaudiobooks, and even comics! Once you have read/listened to your first few books, pop into your library to receive your Gadgeteers collector card and first stickers. Every time you finish reading/listening to a book, visit the library and see a member of our team to talk about the books you have read and collect your next stickers.

Ukrainian Gadgeteers invitation - Front (pdf, 1.2mb) Ukrainian Gadgeteers invitation - back (pdf, 412kb)

English Gadgeteers invitation - front (pdf, 188kb) English Gadgeteers invitation - back (pdf, 172kb)

How to take part in Gadgeteers (pdf, 285kb)

Information from the Government

The Government has published a range of information and guidance at www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/russian-invasion-of-Ukraine-UK-government-response

View Gov.UK webpage about A Homes for Ukraine campaign and frequently asked questions document.

They have also published a welcome pack for Ukrainians arriving in the UK which is available here: Welcome! A guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Further information includes:

They are updating these pages regularly, so keep checking back for the latest information.

 

Hampshire County Council’s role

Hampshire County Council is leading the local response to helping Ukrainian families moving to the area through the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.

On the Hampshire County Council website, you will find:

Guidance for sponsors, which includes key information for those looking to host a Ukrainian family.

Information for Ukrainian guests.

Other ways to help

 

Donating to support Ukraine 

We are recommending that those who wish to provide support to Ukrainian families donate to UK charities that have launched appeals.

These include but are not limited to:

The reason we are recommending this approach is that these charities have the infrastructure, experience and connections on the ground to be able to make a difference. Financial support will also allow them to direct the relevant resources to where they are needed.

 

Advice for family members of British nationals in Ukraine

If you are a resident with friends and family in Ukraine and need information or support, contact the Ukrainian Embassy

The Government has published advice for family members of British nationals who usually live in Ukraine. Click the links below to visit GOV.UK.

Support for family members of British nationals in Ukraine, and Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and the UK

Ukrainians Welcome

www.ukrainianswelcome.org is a "one-stop shop" of useful websites, helplines, and other information – anything from where to get basic travel and housing advice to opening a bank account and understanding your rights as a worker.