Residents find homes for 140 Ukrainian refugees

The team from Corker Outdoor, Award sponsor Jason Varney (Thomson, Snell & Passmore) & Eamonn Holmes

Under the scheme, people with a spare room in their home can provide it to those fleeing Putin’s assault in the Eastern European country.

As of April 19, Tunbridge Wells had been allocated 141 visas under the scheme, which does not include visas issued to family members who arrived on a different scheme.

The government figures show that Tunbridge Wells is third in the county for the highest number of visas issued to refugees.

Sevenoaks is highest in Kent with 165 visas issued, followed by 145 in Maidstone.

Meanwhile, over the border, Wealden District Council beat all its Kent neighbours with 262 visas issued.

Many more have also arrived in the ‘Ukraine Family Scheme’ to stay with relatives in the Borough.

The news follows a Ukrainian cultural awareness presentation by the Ukraine Relief Group (URG) to potentially host families earlier this month at the Town Hall.

Around 50 people turned up to the event where they were told the refugees will need two to three days to catch up on sleep, to shower, to have a tour of the house, and time to settle in.

Maryna Cole from URG said the group was now busy organising a fundraising event on Saturday, April 30.

Featuring Ukrainian cuisine, music and dancing, and with a raffle and auction, and a pay bar, the fundraiser will be held at the Tunbridge Wells Masonic Centre at 6:30-11pm.

Meanwhile, TWBC and Kent County Council have published a Welcome Guide for Ukrainian guests.

The handbook includes a visual guide to UK money, and guideline food prices, as well as cultural and legal specifics such as the law on smoking.

TWBC’s guide is available at

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