ALL ABOUT US
The start of 2023
As we start a new year I thought it was important to update this section, as who we are now has certainly evolved from when I started this project in the early hours that night it February when the first Russian missile hit Ukraine. That said I feel it is important to keep our history hence I've left my original write up below.
The start up of 'me' has incredibly turned into a small group of wonderful, completely dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure all of our local Ukrainian families are resettled comfortably and get whatever it is that they might need. We hold weekly coffee mornings where we give out lots of hugs and listen and chat and try to solve problems however we can. We have built up an incredible network of supporters who have been so generous in their donations and offers of support and we are truly grateful for them. None of this would be possible without the generosity of our local community.
2022 was the most challenging year for all of our families, and as we move into 2023 we are still here, committed to supporting them and helping them travel through this next year in whatever way we can. If you'd like to get involved and help us create a positive ripple effect for our wonderful families, then please get in touch.
WHO WE ARE 2022
Hello, I'm Gemma and I created this website in the darkest hours unable to sleep thinking about all of the Ukrainian people having to flee their homes and how long all of the processing is taking to get them to a place where they can breathe again and think about their next steps. Humanitarian centres are mandatory but 2 million people and counting are not going to get processed that quickly. I understand that all of the Governments of all of the Countries helping are doing what they can, but the process is simply too slow, particularly here in the UK.
Those children need to sleep in beds and feel safe again. Their mothers need to rest and breathe again, and they all need to feel clean sheets and clothes on their backs and recover in a safe place.
I am a Mother and I cannot stop crying at the plight of all of these people. So my idea was simply to create a registration database, that hopefully means we can, alongside Government agencies, start to place people in safe homes and give these families the best possible start to rebuilding their lives and moving on.
This is not exclusive to Ukrainian refugees, but for NOW this is focussed on Ukrainian refugees only.
I am hoping that this will evolve and we can also use this space to help refugees obtain jobs, help with language barriers, Well-being rehabilitation, for us to be able to connect children with schools and so on, but most importantly in a controlled and managed way, so that no one falls through the gaps. Ultimately all of these people will want to get back to their families and rebuild their homes together, but they will need a huge amount of support and help in order to do that.
I hope this works (we have to try) and we have thousands of people registering and on that basis I will need help!
If you're not able to offer a room, but want to be involved and believe you have skills to offer, then please get in touch.