Peterborough – Ukraine Refugees

25th April 2022

Peterborough Cathedral is hosting a meeting for anyone who has signed up to provide a home for a Ukrainian family or who is thinking of doing so.

People and organisations such as schools and churches are also invited to attend to find out how they can play a part in helping to offer a well-rounded welcome to refugee families.

The Dean of Peterborough, the Very Revd Chris Dalliston said:

“As the war in Ukraine intensifies, millions of people are fleeing their homes in what is being called the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two. 

“Our hearts go out to the people but we must match compassionate words with practical actions and clear thinking if we are to meet their needs in a safe and sustainable way. Join us and see how communities coming together can make the difference”.

It is hoped that the meeting will not only share information but also lead to setting up a local volunteer team to support individuals and communities in resettling at least 50 refugees in Peterborough and across the Diocese of Peterborough which includes the counties of Northamptonshire and Rutland. As of April,  a total of 52 visas have been issued for the area.

The meeting is being held in partnership with Peterborough Citizens and the founder, Dr Timothy Hall, said:

“The response to the crisis in Ukraine has been unprecedented with over 200,000 people in the UK offering to host families fleeing the conflict. 

“Civil society has a massive role to play in supporting those opening their homes and ensuring displaced families settle as smoothly as possible.

“In taking this step the Cathedral, supported by Peterborough Citizens, can act as a focal point for anyone wishing to host a Ukrainian family in the city, working with Citizens UK to match Ukrainian families with hosts and supporting these families to rebuild their lives.”

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 27 April at 6.30pm.

Anyone planning to attend the meeting is asked to register beforehand so that they can receive a note of the programme for the evening when it is finalised.

To register tap or click this link > Peterborough Ukraine Refugees

When our cathedrals lit up for Ukraine here.