An image of two hands reaching towards each other, with the colours blue and yellow in the background for the Ukrainian flag.

Published: Monday, 10th October 2022

Refugees are welcome in Royal Greenwich.

Nearly £50,000 has been awarded to local organisations providing vital support to Ukrainian refugees in Royal Greenwich.

The funding, provided through the Government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme, will help these meet the short-term specific needs of Ukrainians and the local families supporting them, as well as being a bridge to longer-term resettlement plans. 

Councillor Denise Scott McDonald, who is leading the Council’s response, said: “We are delighted to be able to fund such incredible organisations doing vital work for Ukrainian guests here in our borough.  

“But there’s still a long way to go. We need answers about what will happen once placements end. We will be writing to the Secretary of State about what further support the government will be committing to help people.” 

Alongside this grants programme, due to their historical and existing links with the Ukrainian community, the Council has also funded local organisation Big Red Kick to deliver a borough-wide Ukrainian language signposting and referral programme.  

English for Action London

30 weekly ESOL classes with creche, 50% places for Ukrainians.

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network (LRMN)

Mental health and wellbeing support to hosts through 3 two-hour workshops.

Blackheath Conservatoire

Art, ESOL, conversation and social evenings for Ukrainian adults.

Citizens of the World Choir CIC

Social media videos about hosting, art and wellness projects for Ukrainian adults, supported places in the choir.

B Young Stars

Maths and English homework club with physical activity and social support, KS 2-5​.

Mental Health HQ CIC

Wellbeing themed activities to support mental and emotional wellbeing for 40 families.

More information about the local support available for people from Ukraine and those sponsoring them can be found here