Homes for Ukraine Newsletter No. 52 – May 11 2023

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


Guests Arriving and Leaving………………………………….….…………1

Nature Courses for Young Ukrainians……………..………………………2

English Lessons at Waterbeach……………………….……….…………..3

Storytime Event’s Big Welcome to Guests……………….….………..…4

Guests arriving and leaving

Please continue to fill out the leavers and arrivals form for the following scenarios regarding your guests.

This enables us to provide the best support and ensure the correct financial help is available at the right time.  It also allows us to keep up to date records and make the appropriate host payments.

Arrivals Form to inform us of your guests’ arrival:

  • When your guests first arrive with you
  • If they have been absent from your property for more than 4 weeks and they return

Leavers Form to update us when your guests:

  • Are no longer coming
  • Have vacated your property / moved elsewhere
  • Plan to be / have been absent for more than 4 weeks.

Nature courses to help wellbeing of young Ukrainians

If you are hosting guests with children or teenagers, then please do encourage them to look at the two nature-based courses we are offering especially for Ukrainian young people. We gave details in last week’s newsletter to guests.

The courses are specifically tailored for Ukrainian children and teenagers aged between eight and 17. They are designed to help improve their wellbeing and self-confidence.

For young people aged 12 to 17 years: At Wandlebury Country Park  starting 17 May and run by Find Your Wild with free outdoor activities in a woodland park setting. The sessions will be run by skilled activity instructors and youth workers with a Wellbeing officer who speaks Ukrainian. There are eight sessions on Wednesdays, 4pm to 6pm, running on 17 and 24 May, then from 7 June to 12 July. See the Council’s website for more information and to register for the scheme.

For children aged eight to 11 years: Forest School runs at Milton Country Park on Friday afternoons, 4pm to 6pm. The programme features bushcraft skills, playing games, making friends, building dens, pond-dipping, treasure hunts and more. The eight-week scheme is run by Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust in partnership with the Council. It will meet at the Wild Place at Milton Country Park from 4pm to 6pm on the following dates: 12, 19 and 26 May, 9, 16, 23 & 30 June, and 7 July. Young guests should register to take part by emailing

English Lessons at Waterbeach

If your guests are currently participating in the ESOL lessons at Waterbeach, please let them know that these will be ending on 28 June and no new students are being accepted onto these classes. 

Storytime Event’s Big Welcome to Ukrainian Guests

We have had news back of a successful event which welcomed Ukrainians to share in a garden Storytime event at Linton on 7 May with over 60 people and five families (some of them multi-generational) from Ukraine taking part, plus two young Ukrainian women who came from Cambridge to help tell the stories.

The Council helped to fund the event through our Small Grants scheme where up to £300 can be givento enable local groups to fund events which reduce social isolation for Ukrainian guests.

At the Storytime, there was bandura music from Sonya, a young Ukrainian musician currently living in Linton, Ukrainian snacks to try and a sunflower-themed mosaic-making activity.  Authors Isabel Thomas and Catherine Emmet shared story readings. Cambridgeshire Libraries distributed free books in Ukrainian. Some photos from the event were shared on Facebook

The Small Grants scheme is for activities, events and projects being run by organisations such as parish councils, but also community groups or projects set up by individuals (with the written support of their Parish Council or District Councillor/s for the project) providing the event or project extends into the wider Ukrainian community. For more information and an idea of the sort of projects which could be eligible, see our website.

Newspreviously 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.

Thank you for taking the time to read this latest update, for your help in communicating this important information to your guests and for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Bill Handley

Lead Cabinet Member for Communities
South Cambridgeshire District Council