***UPDATE: 16th July***
We are delighted to confirm that over 100 Ukrainian families have now arrived safely in Farnham.
We have now matched 100 families including more than 125 children with hosts.
Farnham Homes For Ukraine was established in March as a rapid response to the growing humanitarian crisis and need for safety of Ukrainian residents in areas affected by the Russian invasion of their country, democracy, and independence.
If you have accommodation to offer and wish to become a host, or if you are a Ukrainian family looking for somewhere safe to stay in the UK and wish to find a suitable host, then please go to the appropriate menu option above.
A Welcome Gathering
On Monday 18th April we were delighted to bring together four families and some of our translators plus sponsors for tea and cake.
The sun shone and even Lola (woof!) attempting to disrupt the table tennis by eating the ball did not dent the enthusiasm.
Thank you to everyone involved and we look forward to more families arriving shortly.
The Guardian Reports
The Guardian released an article today quoting Tatyana and Kate and highlighting the current delays in the Visa process and the frustrations it's causing, and the horrific risk to Ukrainians stuck in the war-torn territory. Hopefully, exposure like this will help focus the Home Office to look at systems and processes to improve the situation so we can get more families to the UK.
You can read the article here.
On the News
BBC South News Today featured the welcome Meeting at Frensham Heights on Thursday 28th April
Monday 11th April
Thursday 31st March
A Full House At Frensham Heights School
A full house of prospective hosts, volunteers and helpers were in attendance at Frensham Heights School tonight (Tuesday 29th March) for an information-sharing session on the work of Farnham Homes For Ukraine. Kate and Charlie shared some of the learnings and experiences that have been gathered to date, and there were many offers of help and support. It was heartwarming to see so many people present, and willing to offer their homes, their time and their expertise to the group.
Kate Larmer, The Mayor of Farnham, Alan Earwaker, and the Headmaster of Frensham Heights, Rick Clarke.
You can also view the Slide Deck from the evening.
Farnham Town Council
Farnham's Mayor Alan Earwaker and Farnham Town Council have given their full backing to Farnham Homes For Ukraine and have met with Kate and Tatayana to outline the support the council is offering incoming families from Ukraine.
This support includes:
A drop-in centre to offer advice
Help with accessing education, health services, and financial assistance from government
Advice on finding work opportunities
Warsaw Rotary Club offer emergency accommodation
The Rotary Clubs of Farnham and Warsaw have worked together and the Warsaw team have offered emergency accommodation for Ukrainians making passage to Farnham, in their conference centre on the outskirts of Warsaw.