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Ukraine – What Kent is doing to help

Keep track of all the schemes that local Kent residents are businesses are contributing in to help Ukraine at the KCC website

You can help by registering for the Homes for Ukraine scheme or by donating to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine humanitarian appeal.

Kent has seen about 7,000 households register interest in becoming a host under the Homes for Ukraine scheme and, of these, 1,104 have been matched with Ukrainian refugees so far.

KCC is supporting the process of settling those fleeing the conflict in a number of ways including, carrying out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks with all host families, offering English courses for Ukrainian adults along with education for children and young people through the Kent Adult Education service and offering school places for Ukrainian children in primary and secondary schools across the county.

A wealth of information for residents and Ukrainian refugees with queries about the  Ukraine Families Schemes settlement is available at www.kent.gov.uk/ukraine, or by emailing Ukraine@kent.gov.uk or by calling the dedicated helpline on 03000 412424.

The helpline, which includes a translation service if needed, can provide anyone in the county with information, support and advice.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is supporting hosts by offering free home fire safety visits. The visit may include installing fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, along with fire safety advice. To find out more and to make a booking you can visit the KFRS website or call 0800 923 7000.

South Eastern Railway are also offering free transport to any Ukrainian refugees making their way to their new homes.

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