More than 25 people have already offered to house Ukrainian refugees in Eastbourne.

This figure was released by Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell on Saturday.

She said: “I met with a group of Eastbourne mums last week following their show of unity with Ukraine outside the Town Hall.

I updated them on the raft of measures the Government is undertaking to help Ukraine as they fight the Russian invasion including the new sponsorship scheme for people to host Ukrainian refugees in their home with a £350 a month ‘thank you’ payment available. The Borough Council will be leading on this community scheme backed by government funds.  More to follow on that.

Thank you again to everyone who has been helping to raise money.  Last Saturday, our local Rotarians were in the town centre and I was pleased to join them.  An excellent £2,603.52 was collected and will already have been transferred to their Polish counterparts to help fund the wonderful support they are giving to those who have fled from Ukraine, including medical support.

Yesterday I also joined a call with our local authorities on support for Ukrainian refugees as they will begin arriving in our town, and on that, 20,000 Visas have been issued by the Home Office as of yesterday. East Sussex County Council is taking the lead on this with £10,500 per refugee being provided by Government to help support those arriving with additional funding for schooling.

At this stage, 26 sponsors have come forward in Eastbourne. They will be supported through a dedicated website. The Council believes there is sufficient number of places at local schools.

Clearly, a lot of work has been undertaken behind the scenes to ensure this is a success, and many people working to make this so. Good partnerships with the community services and good funding is making a difference.

We expect further communications about the support available next week.”

A support page will also be available translatable into Ukrainian for refugees to access support services. In the meantime an advice page is available here: 

https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/your-council/ukraine-crisis