Voluntary Support North Surrey (VSNS) has launched a new service for Ukrainian refugees and their host families, in partnership with Runnymede Borough Council. The weekly drop-in is held every Tuesday from 12.30pm until 2pm at Revive Coffee Shop, 99 Guildford Street, in Chertsey.
The drop-in gives people an opportunity to get together in a relaxed environment, where they can meet others and share stories, information and support.
At the sessions, VSNS will also get a steer from those attending about what the most pressing needs are for both hosts and their guests, with the aim of working with local services to provide services that meet those needs.
Solette Sheppardson, VSNS CEO, explained, “We know that people are keen to meet fellow Ukrainians but also need assistance as they begin to settle in to living in Surrey, including help with speaking English and getting ready to work. We have developed the drop-in to provide a place for people to meet but also as a way to support them to reach other services. We are keen to hear from local organisations that are supporting refugees so that we can signpost people to their services.
“So far, we have welcomed twelve Ukrainian families and individuals to these sessions and have already put other local hosts in touch.”
Organisations supporting refugees are asked to contact Jo Buckell at VSNS by calling 01932 571122 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org