Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


Ukraine - Arun & Chichester Response

An image showing a heart in blue and yellow depicting the Ukrainian flag

Many people in Arun & Chichester have kindly stepped forward to offer support to people coming into our communities, and organisations are now delivering services specifically for Ukrainians.

This page will be updated regularly as new information and resources become available.

General Information

Ukrainian refugees – welcome to Chichester: information and support from Sanctuary in Chichester


Getting the emotional support you need, A guide for refugees from Ukraine – Mental Health Guide Ukrainian Refugees

Translation Support

Support from Sussex Interpreting Services:
There is full information about our bilingual services on the SIS website but please feel free to get in touch with any questions vikki@sussexinterpreting.org.uk 07951 723671.
SIS has a range of” 20 dedicated language pages that are fully translated and accessible for people speaking other languages. Including resources for newly arrived Ukrainian refugees and their host families here.

Psychology Tools – free translations of Trauma and PTSD Psychoeducational Resources

From The Ukrainian Institute:
Translators for Ukraine has a regularly updated list of volunteer translators and interpreters. Many offer telephone interpreting Ukrainian / English; Russian / English.

Language classes: – a list of English Language classes in west sussex – free to ukrainians unless specified
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses at Chichester College
Aspire ESOL classes converted
Chichester Conversational language classes
English lessons at the Blue Bell Cocking

Hosting/Social groups

Ukraine-UK Resettlement FAQ – An Arun and Chichester Cross Church Initiative. Support hosting of Ukrainian refugees, continue to provide accessible information to hosts, and matching offers of help and practical support. Includes a list of social groups with a particular focus on groups for children and families and language learning groups.
Weekly drop in for Ukrainian Guests

Sanctuary Foundation: brand new free course that has been purpose built to help with the Ukrainian refugee hosting scheme. So far over 1000 people have started learning and we are receiving very positive feedback. We were delighted to partner with Save the Children, Choose Love, Refugee Education UK, Dr Max Davies, ThirtyOne Eight and many others to bring experts, hosts and Ukrainian refugee insights together. We would love for you to make use of the course to help keep Ukrainians as safe and supported as possible. Please take a look and then encourage as many people as you can to start their learning here


Calendar of events for and about Ukrainians including social gatherings, fundraisers, religious services, etc.

Ukrainian Family Day at Fernhurst Primary School, Sunday 19th June, 2pm – 4pm
Ukrainian Family Day

Wick Information Centre and Garden Room Cafe is open every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10am – 12 noon.


This is a regular update on Opora activities and developments to the sponsor community registered with Opora.
Opora Update

Inspections and General Support

Communities@westsussex.gov.uk is the hub for inspections.


Petworth Ukrainian Relief clothing hub contact 07725474913 / 07799653140


UKHarvest Pop Up Pantry
Pop up pantry schedule


Turn2Us is a very good website for working out what benefits your guests maybe entitled to and how much.


WSCC Travel Information:
Many areas in West Sussex are covered by the rail network and local bus routes. If you can, please support your guests with practical information such as the location of the closest railway station and bus routes. To welcome all new arrivals to the UK and onto our West Sussex bus services, we are really pleased to be able to offer 12 weeks of free bus travel for your guests. The local bus companies are offering 4 weeks travel and WSCC are providing an additional 8 weeks.
WSCC Travel information

Compass Travel – Refugee Bus Pass Scheme:
At Compass Travel we are aware that a number of people from Ukraine are settling in the areas we serve, we are keen to help them where we can. Due to the anticipated demand, we have had to look at what it is practical and sensible for us to offer refugees coming to live in Sussex and Surrey, we are following Department for Transport and Confederation of Passenger Transport guidance where this is available.
Having given the matter due consideration, we have decided to adopt the following policy.
Compass Travel


Everyone Active Ukrainian Refugee Free Membership

Facebook groups

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