18th March 2022
The Methodist Church of Great Britain is publishing information to ensure an effective response to the needs of refugees coming to the United Kingdom. The full text can be found on the Methodist Church website and the following is a synopsis of key elements.
The Homes for Ukraine scheme
The Government have established the Homes for Ukraine scheme, giving the chance for individuals within churches and communities to host a refugee or family from Ukraine.
The scheme is currently for individuals to sponsor a person seeking sanctuary to enable them to live in the UK. There will be a scheme for groups (including churches) to sponsor a person or family, which will be announced at a later date. We will publish details as soon as we have them. To apply to be a host for the scheme, individuals must be able to offer a room in their home or to provide self-contained accommodation. They must be able to identify a Ukrainian national to sponsor and support their Visa application form.
Apply and get matched up
We encourage you to sign up through the scheme though Reset UK, who will match refugees seeking to come to the UK with hosts. Reset will provide training and support for hosts and refugees as they are matched. Register with Homes for Ukraine.
If you are approached by a refugee seeking assistance we recommend that you direct them to Homes for Ukraine, where they can register to be matched with a host.
You can find out more from the government information on the gov.uk website.
Co-ordinating a response from churches
we hope to be connectional in our response to link up Methodists who have volunteered, to enable them to receive support.
John and Peter (see contact details below) are pleased to receive details of individuals or local organisations that have registered.
Can I connect with a Methodist?
There are about 300 Methodists in Ukraine. Most of those who have fled are being cared for in neighbouring countries. The church leaders in the region will be in touch with us if there are individual cases of refugees who want to come to the UK, but they are grateful to us if we can take in refugees in general.
Uses of manses and property
TMCP and the Connexional Property Support Team are working hard to produce guidance and support. Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
We are working alongside the safeguarding team to assess areas where additional support and guidance will be needed for churches and church members hosting through this scheme. Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have launched an emergency appeal in response to events unfolding in Ukraine. You can donate to the Ukraine Appeal now using the contactless tablet in the church or via the donate button below.