This page provides information on support and resources available for Ukrainian Guests and their host families in Dorset.
Groups for Ukrainian Guests:
If you are a Ukrainian Guest based in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole, come along to a support and social group at your local Family Hub!
We will help answer any questions you may have, provide a space to connect with other Ukrainians and provide wellbeing and relaxation techniques for those interested.
|30th August 2022||1 to 3pm||Rossmore, Children Centre/ Family Hub, Herbert Avenue, Poole BH12 4HR.|
|6th September 2022||10am to 12pm||Boscombe, Children Centre/ Family Hub, 22 Ashley Close, Boscombe BH1 4PE|
|13th September 2022||1 to 3pm||Kinson, Children Centre/ Family Hub, Moore Avenue, Bournemouth BH11 8AU|
|4th October 2022||10am to 12pm||Poole Old Town, Children Centre/ Family Hub, Green Road, Poole BH15 1QB|
Mental health resources:
We’ve compiled useful mental health resources and signposting to help you find the support you deserve.
We will add to this page as we find more resources.
Self-help Resources for Trauma and Wellbeing:
Here are some resources in English, Ukrainian & Russian that you may find useful:
How Trauma Can Affect You
Reactions to Trauma
Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
In addition to the self-help resources, there are psychological therapies and other treatment that can help. Please get in touch with your GP if you need any support.
Further Support & Information:
Daily Online trauma and resilience sessions – Sane Ukraine provides daily trauma and resilience support sessions. Sessions are held on zoom every day at 5.30pm GMT led by experienced therapists and trauma coaches in Ukrainian and English.
Barnardo’s Ukrainian Support Helpline – provides a holistic support service. The Helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. Get in touch if you need support with accessing therapy, need advice on a range of issues (e.g., housing, accessing key health services, education, etc.) or practical support.
Their Helpline is open: Monday – Friday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday 10am to 3pm. Call the FREE service on: 0800 148 8586.
The Refugee Council – is a leading authority on the mental health needs of refugees.
Crisis Support – If you need urgent help with your mental health, please visit the following page.
Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council – has more information on its website including Free Gym Memberships, English Language Resources, Free Bus Passes and more.
Dorset Council has information about their Refugee programme here.
International Care Network offer advice and support to refugees and asylum seekers including form filling, English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, community groups with creche and other support. They have an office you can visit in Bournemouth.
DorPIP provides support to expecting parents or parents up until their children are aged two if they are struggling with parenthood or things feel difficult. If you are Ukrainian parent who has relocated to Dorset or know someone who is and think that they may benefit from this service, reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit to their website for more information.
Other local Community Refugee Support
Visit the Help and Kindness website to find out more about Dorset’s local community response to the conflict in Ukraine. It includes information about how to connect with the #DorsetTogether Ukraine Response network who are working to support Ukrainian Guests, Host families, and others affected by the conflict. There’s a list of local peer support groups and community groups.
Hosts of Ukrainian Guests Forum & Training
The online forum on the Help And Kindness website is for hosts, and posts are from those running these networks. This is a place to share issues, ask questions, give feedback about experiences and help make this a strong and sustainable support for everyone who is involved. If you would like to join this network or learn more about it please email Jon Sloper at: email@example.com or call 01305 595958.
Have your skills and qualifications recognised
You may need your Ukrainian profession qualifications recognised in the UK if you work in a regulated profession. The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications provides a free service which explains whether a profession is regulated and any entry requirements. Visit the following page for information on working in the UK – https://cpq.ecctis.com/Individuals/inbound/. You can contact them if you need further information – Contact information