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Portsmouth City Council is continuing to fly the blue and yellow Ukrainian flag outside the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square as a mark of solidarity. Portsmouth is a diverse city, and we recognise many people will have concerns about the conflict as it continues to develop.

How you can support

The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) is concerned about the escalating conflict in Ukraine which is leading to a humanitarian crisis. They have launched an appeal and signposted to several DEC member charities who have also launched appeals to help people in Ukraine.

You can find out more about these charities, the work they are doing and how to donate below:

The Home Office website has guidance on UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals.

Family visa scheme

The family visa scheme allows applicants to join family members in the UK. As part of this scheme, you have signed up to house and support your family member/s during their time in the UK. Under this scheme there is no entitlement to any interim or thank you payment. Your Ukrainian family member/s are able to work and study in the UK and have access to public funds.

If your family members have arrived to stay with you in the UK and you require advice on support that may be available, please email ukrainesupport@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Homes for Ukraine scheme

The Homes for Ukraine scheme offers a home in the UK to people fleeing Ukraine, where a local resident will become their sponsor. For more information on being a sponsor, including responsibilities, checks and how you can support your guests, or to register your interest please visit Homes for Ukraine: record your interest

Portsmouth City Council will be offering support to sponsors and guests who have registered under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, and you will be contacted once your application has been received.

Once your Ukrainian guests have arrived, please inform Portsmouth City Council by emailing ukrainesupport@portsmouthcc.gov.uk and, assuming there are no issues, a support worker will make contact within one working day.

Ukrainian guests arriving at Portsmouth International Port

If you are collecting a guest from Portsmouth International Port, free complimentary parking is offered in our multi-storey. Just make sure that you don’t pay in advance and head to the security desk on arrival where you’ll be asked for your car registration. For details on how to reach the port visit https://portsmouth-port.co.uk/at-the-port/find-us/

If travelling on foot, Ukrainians will be supported to reach a train or bus terminal from the port where they will receive free onward travel.

Local support

The council is gathering information about local organisations, charities, and individuals who would like to offer support that are not already handled by the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme or by the charities listed above. This could include offers of employment opportunities from organisations, as well as offers of non-monetary support from individuals.

If you are able to offer support, excluding accommodation offers, please email ukrainesupport@portsmouthcc.gov.uk. We will try to respond to your email as quickly as we can.

Support for parents and carers

It is difficult to be able to answer questions that children may be asking about what is happening in Ukraine.

There are a number of resources available with content to help children better understand the information they are seeing and hearing about and also content that provides support to parents on how to talk about the war in Ukraine and where to find support.

A list of some of these resources can be found below: