Refugee Week 2022 – Support in Sefton
For Refugee Week 2022 we are sharing more information about the support and services available from VCF sector organisations in Sefton.
Sefton Ukraine Welcome Appeal
Supporting Ukrainian individuals and families arriving in the borough of Sefton.
To support Ukrainian guests and their sponsors, two Ukraine Welcome Centres have been set up in the borough.
South Sefton Ukraine Welcome Centre
Located at Methodist Church, 19 Mersey Rd, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 3AE
The South Sefton Ukraine Welcome Centre provides a community space including; support and signposting to local services, clothes banks, children’s activity room and internet with free Wi-Fi.
North Sefton Ukraine Welcome Centre
Located at Victoria Centre, 197a Sussex Road, Southport, PR8 6DG
Compassion Acts will be acting as a coordinator for various strands of support from the voluntary and faith sector in the area. Starting on Thursday 28th April 2022 drop in sessions from 2pm to 4pm for hosts, guests and potential supporters at Victoria Centre. (Free car park and accessible by public transport.) Free and fast wifi for contacting home, IT equipment, refreshments, benefits advice, vouchers, contact with agencies, food and toiletry bags, free clothes store.
Brighter Living Coffee Morning and Support Group
Located at Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, Southport, PR8 6HQ
The group provides an opportunity for Ukrainian guests to meet other Ukrainians and their hosts and socialise in a safe space. Open to all Ukrainian guests, the sessions are every Friday and people are welcome to drop in between 10am – 12pm.
For more information regarding the Sefton Ukraine Welcome Donation Appeal and for useful resources please visit: sefton4good.org.uk/ukraineappeal
Sefton Council Action Group
Sefton Council has set up an Action Group, which includes representatives of the Communities, Faith and Voluntary sectors to deal with the Borough’s response to the scheme. Its role will be to ensure Homes for Ukraine is safe and beneficial for everyone involved.
This includes ensuring that:
- accommodation being offered is suitable and safe;
- DBS (formerly CRB) checks are carried out on sponsors,
- safeguarding procedures are in place
- payments can be administered .
The Council will also be working to ensure school places are available and that arriving Ukrainians have access to essential services such as health and any specific support they need.
Sefton Afghan Resettlement Support
Supporting Afghan individuals and families arriving in the borough of Sefton.
Sefton 4 Good worked in partnership with Sefton Council and Sefton CVS to coordinate a borough-wide response to support Afghan communities who are resettling in Sefton.
8 collection centres across the borough were set up in response and a donation appeal launched which received generous support from businesses and individuals.
After an incredible response from residents in Sefton, donations of newly-bought goods, sealed clothing, children’s shoes and toiletries form part of a ‘welcome pack’ to be distributed to families helping to provide supporting upon their arrival.
Find out more about the support Sefton Council provides to refugees arriving in Sefton.