Ukraine Social Club Mondays
Every Monday at Hellingly Community Hub there is a social and support group who meet between 12.30pm - 3pm to talk, share food, play games, meet new friends and receive advice and support. This is for Ukrainian refugees, their host families and anyone who is considering becoming a host. This is free of charge, and it would be good to get as many people there as possible. Please spread the word! For the summer holidays bring your children as we will have toys and games for them to play with, all ages! There will be mental health support with Caroline from Sunflowers and assistance to help with settling into the community.
English language classes for Ukrainians
A number of English language courses are available for those Ukrainians that wish to develop their English language skills.
• Learning | East Sussex Libraries
• Pre-entry ESOL programme – 11 week courses through East Sussex College Group in Hastings and Eastbourne
• Babbel - the language app, is offering free courses in English for Ukrainian refugees
• Busuu language app is also offering its premium service free to Ukrainians for 3 months.
The East Sussex College Ukraine Support website here.
Recruitment Info for Ukrainian guests to follow.
Host payments: change to first payment
Local boroughs or district councils are now contacting hosts to advise them how to claim their optional £350 monthly ‘thank you’ payment, funded by the national government. East Sussex County Council and our partners want to say an additional ‘thank you’ so we’ll be topping up the first month’s payment to £500 (for those who wish to claim) in recognition of the incredible support and commitment our hosts have provided and the costs that can come with this.
Host & Potential Hosts support workshops
If you are currently hosting or are thinking about hosting a Ukrainian family, please come along to our Monday social club at the Community Hub where you can meet and talk to other hosts and Ukrainians. They will give you an insight to what is expected and support for any concerns you may have.
Hailsham Foodbank is a fabulous service helping those who are struggling and in need of emergency food supplies. Please contact them or visit:
For information please click onto the following links:-