Ukraine – 9 March 2023

Support for Ukraine community update for hosts in South Cambridgeshire.


  1. Moving On Information Events
  2. Free Family Budgeting Webinar
  3. Bus Travel Scheme
  4. Online Forum for Hosts – 15 March
  5. Reminders

TODAY: Moving On Information Event at Sawston Village College

We are running two information events for guests who are now considering Moving On to live more independently, or if their host has asked them to leave. Please share these details with your guests. Where we have contact details, we have also emailed guests direct.

    TODAY – In person event: Today’s in-person event will run from 6pm to 7.30pm this evening at Henry Morris Hall at Sawston Village College, New Road Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3BP. This event is free to attend and will include short presentations in Ukrainian and English. There will also be time for guests to ask questions of council officers on areas such as finance, rents and private housing, as well as to chat to other guests who are in similar situations. Hosts and relevant organisations are also welcome to attend. If you’ve not yet been able to register online to attend, then please don’t worry and simply turn up at Sawston Village College this evening. We look forward to seeing you.

    THURSDAY 23 MARCH – Online event: For those unable to attend tonight, there will be a free online event onThursday 23 March. Time: 6pm to 7.30pm. Zoom link to join (no need to book, just log on) –

TODAY: Free Family Budgeting webinar held in Ukrainian

A free Family Budgeting webinar for Ukrainians runs today (9 March) from 10-1pm. Held in Ukrainian, it will give advice on effective family budgeting to gain more control over your finances and move towards your goals. Every participant will receive £25 as a bonus. To sign up, email

Bus Travel Scheme ending but current tickets valid to 31st July

Guests who have taken advantage of the welcome offer of free tickets for ten days of bus travel will have until 31 July 2023 to use them. This offer has been available to newly arriving guests but is now ending on 31 March. However, anyone with unused travel tickets can still make use of them up until 31 July.  The tickets were made available by Stagecoach working in partnership with local councils during the initial phase of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Online forum for hosts – 15 March

The next online session from the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) – virtual meetings where all current hosts and hosts-to-be can meet with others to share the experiences and challenges of hosting – takes place on 15 March from 7.30-9pm. The content of the session is decided on the evening by those who attend but may include self-care, preparing for guests to arrive, the challenges and opportunities of hosting, accessing resources in your community, thinking about the impact of trauma on guests who are displaced from home, country and family, and helping with anonymised specific challenges. Sessions are free but hosts will need to register for tickets here


Volunteering: CCVS (Cambridge Council for Voluntary Services) runs FREE Volunteering Workshops for Ukrainian refugees for them to learn how to become a volunteer. The next sessions are scheduled for today (9 March) and next Thursday (16 March), from 10am to 1pm, at 16-18 Arbury Court, Cambridge CB4 2JQ. For further information or to register to attend, call 07840989719 or email

Thank you in advance for your help in communicating this important information to your guests, and for your continued support.

Gareth Bell

Communications and Communities Service Manager

South Cambridgeshire District Council