Since March 2022, over 1,000 people have arrived in Lincolnshire having fled their homeland in Ukraine, following the devastating war with Russia, some with nothing more than the clothes and essential items they departed with.
Whilst host families, across the county have opened their hearts and homes to offer shelter and support, we felt it only right to assist where we could.
We immediately launched our Ukraine Refugee Appeal, which anyone can donate to. Every penny of donations to this appeal generates funding to our Big Lincolnshire Welcome Fund, which directly helps those individuals and families.
Last year (2022) we were able to release some of the funding, which helped 56 families and individuals across the County with items they identified as what they needed to settle into Lincolnshire, from electrical appliances for new homes or being able to cook homely dishes, to bicycles (including helmet and lock) to enable independence in commuting to home and school, or even just exploring the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside in which they are housed. Studies and communications could be continued with laptops, phones and tablets, some giving a vital lifeline home to Ukraine.
Thanks to a funding boost from the Central Government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme via Lincolnshire County Council, so have now re-opened the Big Lincolnshire Welcome Fund for applications, to refugees who have been here for some months may need support as they transition from living with a host to moving into their own home to live independently, simultaneously, refugees who continue to arrive may need support to help to settle into the County.
We are still fundraising a year on to ensure as many people as possible receive a Big Lincolnshire Welcome, if you would like to donate, please click the donate button to take you directly tour fundraising page.
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