Homes for Ukraine Newsletter No48 – March 16 2023

March 16, 2023

Support for Ukraine community update for hosts in South Cambridgeshire, as well as District Councillors, community coordinators and parish council colleagues.


  1. Moving On Information Event – online March 23

Moving On Information Event – online March 23

If you missed out on the Moving On Information event at Sawston Village College last Thursday, then there is another chance to attend an online event on 23 March. This is to inform guests of the options available for those 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.

    FREE online event – THURSDAY 23 MARCH: Time: 6pm to 7.30pm. Zoom link to join (no need to book, just log on) –

Free English Classes Funded by the Council

The Council is funding an English language teaching project for Ukrainian guests run by The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society (CamRuSS). The project is supported by more than 30 volunteers, 20 teachers and assistants. It runs at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge CB2 3AR. Contact Irina Tsepova on for more information.

In addition, CamRuSS holds free English language conversation group meetings in Cambridge led by native English speakers. These are every other Thursday at 16.30 upstairs at Caffè Nero, 11 Market Street, Cambridge CB2 3PA (hosted by Dick); and Mondays and Thursdays at 13.00 at The Vestry, St. Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR (hosted by George). No need to pre-book, just turn up.

The Society also offers free guided tours of Cambridge in Ukrainian for newly-arrived guests (call or text Tanya on 07815 101481 or check for updates at Tangential Cambridge) and runs a helpline to facilitate communication between Ukrainian refugees and their host families by providing a translation service (Russian, English and Ukrainian). The helpline on 05603 025975 runs from 9am-6pm weekdays and 10am-5pm on Saturdays. 

Barnardo’s Runs Workshops to Support Hosts

During March, the children’s charity Barnardo’s has been supporting host families with a five-week programme of free online workshops. The remaining three weeks of the programme will look at:

Understanding the impact of trauma (week commencing 13 March) exploring what trauma is, how it might present and what is helpful when supporting children, young people and families.

Responding to challenges (week commencing 20 March) looking at what can be helpful when dealing with difficult situations and emotions.

Understanding people’s rights (week commencing 27 March) exploring people’s rights, including children’s rights.

All workshops will take place online on Zoom. To book visit For more information contact

Iconic Ukrainian Author’s Work to be Performed in Cambridge

A retelling of the Trojan story, written by Ukraine’s iconic pioneering feminist writer Lesia Ukrainka, which was published in 1908, will be performed in Cambridge on March 20, 21 & 22.

Lesia Ukrainka (1879–1913) was a modernist author, anticolonial thinker and pioneering feminist at the forefront of contemporary European trends at the turn of the twentieth century. Despite censorship of the Ukrainian language during the Russian empire and Soviet Union, her legacy endured and now a new translation by Nina Murray, which won the Ukrainian Institute London’s 2021 Ukrainian literature in translation prize, brings her story to new audiences. 

The show, by the Live Canon ensemble, premiered in London last autumn and tours to Cambridge and Oxford this month as part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture.

The show will be at the Round Church, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB, on 20, 21 & 22 March at 19.30 nightly.  Tickets:


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Bus Travel Scheme ending but current tickets valid to 31st July: The welcome offer to newly-arriving guests of free tickets for ten days of bus travel will end on 31 March. 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.

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 session is TODAY (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

News previously shared here can be found on our Support for Ukraine webpage and the Ukrainian Guest information hub which we encourage you to share with your guests who should be able to switch to view in their own language.