New group all ready to help Ukrainian families

By Chris Were   |   Reporter   |
Saturday 18th June 2022 6:00 am
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Mayor Ed O’Driscoll joined a group of 30 Ukrainians and support volunteers

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A NEW Ross-on-Wye group has formed to help Ukrainian families connect, and for hosts to come together and share ideas.

The Ross Refugee Support Group is a newly formed independent network of volunteers who are offering help. Some are hosting Ukrainian families but others are simply offering a little of their time.

The support group meet every Wednesday in the lower room of the Ross Baptist Church in Broad Street. The meetings have proven an opportunity for Ukrainians to meet others from their country, helping them to feel less isolated and chat with others who are in the same situation, which is helping many settle in to a new temporary life in the UK. The hosts have also found it useful to meet other hosts who have been able to offer accommodation and they too can exchange useful ideas on many day-to-day situations.

Margaret King, who is responsible for steering the group said: “In addition to hosting families and individuals, we can help in so many practical ways such as helping them improve their English, help with transport, form filling, job applications, health and mental wellbeing.”

Ukrainian families or hosts who would benefit from this, or for those able to offer some of their time to help, can get in touch at the group’s website, which is due to go live later this week (www.rossrefugeesupport.org).

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