Barnet Council launches specialised support events for Ukrainians


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Homes for Ukraine event

Homes for Ukraine event

Barnet Council launched a successful information event for recently arrived Ukrainians last Thursday (19 May) at Barnet and Southgate College in Colindale.

The event, translated live in Ukrainian, informed over 60 attendees about opportunities to work, learn English, access healthcare and a range of local services. Sponsorship has been provided by Cadent Gas and Hill Group to purchase and provide laptops to help access employment and education opportunities more easily.

It is the first in a series of specialised information and support events for all recently arrived Ukrainians living or working in the borough.

Cllr Sara Conway, Chair of Barnet’s Community Leadership and Libraries Committee, said: 

“We welcome the response from Barnet residents to support those who have fled the tragic situation in Ukraine, and from other countries in conflict, including Afghanistan.

"Events like these help us demonstrate the strength of community that they can hope to expect in Barnet.

“We will continue to run these events with our partners across the borough and will keep tailoring them to make sure they are delivering the best for our Ukrainian guests for as long as they are here.”

Mary O’Shaughnessy, Learning Delivery Initiatives Specialist at sponsor Cadent said, “We were delighted to sponsor this event, as we recognise digital access is essential to gaining employment. We look forward to working with our partners to provide training and employment opportunities.”

Simon Trice, Managing Director (Partnerships) of The Hill Group comments: “It is vital that support is given to those who have fled Ukraine. Hill is pleased that we have been able to offer assistance which will help those affected settle into their new living arrangements in Barnet. The laptops will ease their adjustments to life in the UK and keep them connected with family and friends, together with providing new opportunities going forward.”

Ramin Narimani, Head of Centre at Barnet and Southgate College Colindale campus provided a warm welcome to attendees: “It was such a pleasure to host our Ukrainian guests at our Colindale Centre. This event will help with quick integration of Ukrainians in the society, education and employment.”

Barnet has already welcomed 144 Ukrainians to the borough, one of the highest number in London, and it continues to work with partners including community organisations, to develop and tailor support to all Ukrainian families in Barnet.

Specialist advice was provided on the day by partners including Barnet and Southgate College, BOOST, DWP, Meridian Wellbeing, Community Barnet, Libraries, Early Help, Barnet Integrated Clinical Services (BICS), and Inclusion Barnet.

Details of future events will be available soon on the Barnet Council website.

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As of 19th May 2022 144 Ukrainians have arrived in the borough via the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

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The Hill Group is donating 200 fully equipped modular homes to local authorities and homeless charities as part of a £15m pledge through its Foundation 200 programme, launched in 2019 to mark Hill’s 20th anniversary.

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