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Ukraine support

RMC runs several Resettlement and Integration Programmes across all our regions which include a variety of packages of support to settle, integrate a build a new life in the UK.

Our Ukraine support package began in 2022 after the Ukrainian war began.

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RMC’s support

With the Homes for Ukraine programme, RMC has been leading on support for hosts and new arrivals across the region.

This includes pre-arrival checks, welcome & orientation support, community engagement and much more for both hosts and new arrivals.

RMC’s resettlement team have been working collaboratively with organisations to ensure hosts are supported as well as new arrivals to try and build the best relationships and a long term support network for arriving Ukrainians.

Become a host

The conflict in Ukraine is ongoing, and by offering a temporary home for six months to an individual or family from Ukraine, you can provide them with a crucial lifeline.

The government offers a monthly payment as a token of appreciation to support hosts and we at RMC can provide ongoing support.

You can register interest in becoming a host through Birmingham City Council by clicking the button below.

You can see more about what hosting is like by seeing the videos below and reading Ivanna’s story, who was hosted by Colin and Lucy and their experiences

Initial support

In the initial phases of the Ukraine crisis, the key focus was ensuring information was accurate and people understood the routes available to them and the help they could access/provide.

RMC created a series of graphics which were regularly updated as guidance changed and worked with organisations and the community to ensure accurate information was out there and help was available. RMC’s drop in support offered advice on and additional language support was taken on to provide this in Ukrainian/Russian.

Alongside this, an appeal was launched with a vigil held to show support with with the community and raise vital funds to make more of an impact.

Awareness raising

RMC have worked with a range of new arrivals, RMC staff and media organisations to help raise awareness and tell stories of those arriving.

There have been several stories hit the media, from RMC’s Immigration Department manager speaking to Sky News around immigration options, to Ukrainian clients being supported to speak to local newspapers and more. On top of this, we have had a number of the public supporting us to raise funds and awareness through running events and other activities.

Stories from our Ukraine work

Marta (with Soffia interpreting) – speaking at RMC’s City Service project launch.
Marta arrived from Ukraine having fled the country during the invasion. She spoke of the confusion she felt after arriving. The unknown and the questions she had.
“I came to RMC. I was really happy I was able to seek the help and there were people in the UK that really wanted to help. I have been able to find people here I am friends with now. I have found a job and am happy here.”

To mark one year since the invasion, we spoke to some of those Ukrainians who had been through so much. Daria and Yelyzaveta have been supported by RMC since arriving. Inesa joined our team as a volunteer and helped provide vital support to others arriving.

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