A huge thanks to all the people in the Stirling area who are offering support and solidarity for the people of Ukraine.
The Council is holding regular drop-in sessions with Ukrainian families/individuals. Council staff will be available at these sessions to give advice and information on how to access a range of local services. These include:
- How to register for benefits, English language and other adult learning classes.
- Registering for school places, doctors and dentists, library cards.
- Employment advice.
- Help with other things Ukrainian people may like to learn and do during their time in Stirling.
If you are worried about your hosting arrangement or if you need any other help or advice, these events are an opportunity to speak to Council resettlement staff.
The Council can also meet with any Sponsors before the Ukrainian people arrive, to discuss the available supports.
Upcoming sessions are listed below:
- Tuesday, 5 July, at the Cowane Centre, Stirling, from 12pm to 2pm.
- Tuesday 12 July, at the Cowane Centre, Stirling, from 12pm to 2pm
- Tuesday, 19 July, at the Cowane Centre, Stirling, from 12pm to 2pm
- Tuesday, 26 July, at the Cowane Centre, Stirling, from 12pm to 2pm.
The Scottish Refugee Council and the Scottish Government are also hosting online sessions on the Ukraine Super Sponsor Scheme:
- Thursday, 9 June from 10am-11.30am
Access the session by clicking this link.
Stirling Council has received enquiries about how people can support Ukraine and those impacted by the conflict. As the situation is still very unclear and the needs of those fleeing have yet to be established, we would recommend making donations to organisations already working on the borders to provide support to people.
As the situation develops and the needs of people become more apparent support needs may change and aid agencies are better placed to respond to this. Several charities have launched appeals to help people in Ukraine. You can find out more and donate by following the links below.
We have been advised that uncoordinated deliveries of second hand goods risk adding to the pressures on the roads around the borders, hampering the delivery of resources needed by aid agencies and locals such as fuel and accommodation, and leaving local suppliers out of the supply chain.
We strongly recommend that groups direct aid via one of the existing charities that are arranging deliveries and aid nationally. These are listed below:
If you are a business considering making offers of employment to people coming to the UK from Ukraine, please have a look at this UK Government guidance.
If you’re taking part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme as a sponsor, you can apply for an optional ‘thank you’ payment of £350 per month, for as long as the guest remains in your accommodation for up to 12 months. This payment will be tax free and should not affect your Council Tax status or entitlement to benefits.
You are eligible for a ‘thank you’ payment if all of the following are true:
- a guest is living in your accommodation under the Homes for Ukraine scheme
- you are the named ‘lead sponsor’
- you are not charging the guest rent.
How to apply
What happens next
- ensure that you have passed the necessary property and safeguarding checks before making payments
- conduct anti-fraud checks
- conduct in-person checks to verify that the guest is still living at the accommodation
- continue to make monthly payments for as long as you are eligible.
What you get
We will pay the money into your bank account monthly in arrears.
Only one monthly payment will be given per residential address, regardless of the number of guests being hosted, size, or location of the property.
You can claim for as long as the guest remains in your accommodation for up to 12 months.
If your guest leave please email email@example.com to notify us of the change.
Last updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 10:59 AM