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Wychavon reconfirms support for Ukraine

Wychavon has reconfirmed its commitment to helping those fleeing the war in Ukraine ahead of the first anniversary of the conflict.­­­­­

The Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched three weeks after the start of Russia's invasion to provide safe places for Ukrainian citizens.

Since the scheme began, more than 200 people across Wychavon have opened up their homes to more than 300 people fleeing the war. They have not only provided a home for Ukrainian people but also support to build a new life in England.

Officers from Wychavon have played their part, carrying out hundreds of accommodation checks, distributing almost £270,000 of financial help from government funding, as well as ongoing support and guidance to both hosts and Ukrainian guests. Members of the Ukrainian community have also joined the Wychavon team as liaison officers and rematching officers, to make sure people have the support they need.

Ahead of the anniversary on 24 February, the Ukrainian flag has been hoisted high above the Civic Centre in Pershore as a show of unity.

Residents are also being encouraged to join in the national one-minute silence on 24 February to mark the anniversary. With the support of All Saints' Church in Evesham, the town's historic Bell Tower will also be lit up in yellow and blue on the night.

Cllr Alex Sinton, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: "Over the last year I've been moved by the compassion of our community and the dedication of our staff to making sure our Ukrainian guests have the support they need to rebuild their lives.

"We all hope and pray that peace will soon be restored to Ukraine. But for as long as the war continues, we will continue to play our part - as I know our communities will - to support those affected by this terrible conflict."

Rev Andrew Spurr, Vicar of Evesham and All Saints' Church, said: "The courage, fortitude and tenacity of the Ukrainian people embodies some of the best qualities that humans are capable of.

We must continue to keep this unnecessary war front and centre of our minds and our resolve. It is in everyone's interests to have a world accountable to the rule of law; the Ukrainian cause is everyone's cause."

Cllr Alex Sinton, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, in front of the Ukraine and Union flags.