WHCVS Webinar

On Wednesday 14th September, Communities 1st and WHCVS hosted a joint webinar to outline the local district and county wide response of the voluntary, community and public sectors to the Ukraine crisis, highlighting the wraparound community support available.

The webinar was aimed mostly at hosts of Ukrainian guests living in St Albans, Hertsmere, Welwyn and Hatfield.

Speakers and presentations included:

  • Communities 1st
  • Hertfordshire County Council (Children Services, School Admissions)
  • Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (Housing Options)
  • Department of Works and Pensions
  • Hertfordshire Mind Network
  • Mind in Mid Herts
  • Citizens Advice Hertfordshire

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World Refugee Week

Greetings from Books Unbound!

They are a social enterprise that creates culturally contextualised resources for refugee communities! Their approach is simple, they ‘cartoonize’ communities to produce culturally sensitive informal learning materials becasue representation is important. All of the products are created by refugees and for refugees with an extensive cultural feedback process to ensure efficacy. Please join in celebrating World Refugee Week if you are a School.

They want to get the most recent mental health downloads and colouring sheets for Ukrainians into the hands of teachers who are welcoming them into the classroom. Many Ukrainians have shared it is very important during this time to remember and be proud of their culture, these resources aim to honour this.

Local Services Directory

The Herts Directory is a great source of information covering a wide range of local services.

Ukrainian Arrival Government Guide

This booklet has been produced by the UK Government and gives lots of information for Ukrainians arriving in the UK.

Biometric Residence Permit

Guests who do not have a biometric residence permit (BRP) and have not yet booked an appointment to enrol their biometric features must do so within six months of the date they entered the UK, so they can obtain a BRP to show they can live, work and access benefits in the UK for up to three years. They can book an appointment on GOV.UK at apply.visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/ukraine-scheme-brp and more information on BRPs can be found here.

Developing Childrens Education – Odilo

Odilo is a one-click resource created with Ukrainian Partners to support the development of children’s education. There are books, virtual classes, language learning classes and more!