The Department for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities’ Homes for Ukraine scheme launched at the end of March 2022, to allow people in the UK to welcome displaced Ukrainians into their homes.

There has been a significant groundswell of support, with more than 150,000 people registering to take part and support a displaced family within the first few days of the scheme launching.

GUIDE: Helping with displaced Ukrainians' concerns or worries
Guidance for those welcoming displaced Ukrainians into their homes.

As the details of sponsorship continue to be finalised, Thrive LDN and partners have put together a short guide for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of displaced Ukrainians arriving to the UK.

Designed to help those supporting people affected by the Ukraine crisis, the guidance has been produced to help families create a safe and welcoming environment for displaced Ukrainian people and avoid the potential for further harm.

Outlined in the document are some simple dos and don’ts, based on the experiences of other groups of refugees. The guidance highlights how kindness, patience, and empathy will be vital.

The guidance also contains further information on assisting displaced Ukrainians to access professional support, including NHS mental health and wider community support services.

 

TRAINING: Trauma informed practice in humanitarian crisis
An introduction into trauma informed practice delivered by Nicola Lester Psychological Trauma Consultancy in partnership with Thrive LDN.

Thrive LDN is partnering with Nicola Lester Psychological Trauma Consultancy to deliver training in trauma informed practice in humanitarian crisis.

The online training is aimed for professionals and volunteers in community and grassroots organisations who are supporting the response.

Whilst the course has a central focus on trauma informed practice in the context of a humanitarian crisis, it also provides an introduction to trauma informed approaches which can be applied in a broader context to develop current practice across a range of areas including third-sector, health, social care, mental health and uniformed services.

Given London’s commitment to welcoming displaced Ukrainians into the community, this training is essential and timely in ensuring that professionals, volunteers and services are both informed and equipped with the skills and knowledge to offer care and support to this population from the moment that they arrive.

The training programme offers workshops at three levels: foundation, intermediate and advanced. Participants are encouraged to consult the learning outcomes to guide them as to which level would best suit their training needs, or their level of interest in this topic.

TRAINING: Two new free e-learning courses from Solace
Solace has launched two new free e-learning courses aimed at those who want to improve their support for the emotional wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees.

Understanding Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health

Would you like to be able to better support the emotional wellbeing of people seeking asylum in the UK, and influence others in your organisation to do the same?

Solace’s new online course is aimed at people in any role who may find themselves coming into contact with asylum seekers and would like to develop their understanding of the issues impacting their wellbeing so they can provide effective help.

Effective Therapeutic Support for Asylum Seekers

Would you like to be able to better support the emotional wellbeing of people seeking asylum in the UK, and influence others in your organisation to do the same?

This course is the second in Solace’s series, and is aimed at mental health practitioners. It builds on course one.

WORKBOOK: Supporting those struggling after traumatic experiences
Techniques to help people who have experienced trauma and are out of danger now.

Good Thinking’s Coping with Trauma workbook outlines seven techniques to help people who have experienced trauma and are out of danger now.

The workbook provides health care and community partners with a helpful resource that offers expert and trauma-informed support.

The workbook has been developed in partnership with trauma expert, Caroline Harrison, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

You can also explore further coping mechanisms for stress from Good Thinking.

TRAINING VIDEO: Supporting refugees with their mental health
Paul Cilla La Corte, the London Therapeutic Services Manager for Refugee Council, shares his experiences of supporting displaced people

Thrive LDN and the Refugee Council have developed a short video for volunteers and professionals on engaging with refugees and asylum seekers, particularly in relation to supporting mental health and wellbeing.

In the video, Paul Cilla La Corte, London Therapeutic Services Manager for The Refugee Council, shares helpful information and advice learned from the nine years he has spent working with refugees and asylum seekers.

Further support and guidance
There are lots of different types of support available.