Resources

Language courses

Godalming Baptist Church Mondays and Fridays at 10am run by group volunteers (see Events)

Guildford College has ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes running for adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays – either morning, afternoon or evening. Enrolment for next term is on 21st April. Enrolment is to check passport details, complete a registration form & do a short test to assess student’s level to a place in the appropriate class.

Communicating despite language

We have this useful file from Widgit

Twinkl has some resources available (requires free account set up)

Food

Olia Hercules is a Ukrainian Chef has posted a list of foodstuffs people may find comforting when they arrive (alongside heaps of other helpful information) on her Instagram page.

Learning about Ukraine

One Ukraine based publisher writes:  Alas, we can no longer publish paper books, so we have decided to distribute them FREE in electronic form. Please download the books Interesting Ukraine, Interesting Kyiv and Interesting Chernobyl as PDF files here: https://bit.ly/3hokrET or here: https://fex.net/s/bsdvybx

Guest Flights

These are covered on the sponsorship page under guest travel.

Company Offers

Boden

Cranleigh Baby Bank

Milford School of Dance – No fees, no charges, just a warm, kind, welcome.  

National Trust – if the host is a member then they can call the number on their membership card and request a free 6-month membership for all adults that they are hosting that will allow them and their children access to National Trust properties for free.

Charterhouse Club – The manager is happy for hosts to request membership for adult guests. Waiting for formal notice of what is included. Contact David Webb.

Godalming Leisure centre and other centres owned Places for People including The Herons, The Edge, Cranleigh and Farnham are offering 3 month’s free membership. Your Ukrainian guests just need to pop in with their passports to sign up. I have been told that the registration process can take up to 15 minutes.

Coral Reef and Bordon leisure centres offer 1 year’s membership

Raiders Performing Arts are offering children to learn to play one of our musical instruments or be a cheerleader absolutely FREE OF CHARGE….. e-mail raidersperformingarts01@gmail.com

English heritage gives

free entry to all refugees. I’m guessing that this will require your passport to validate entry.

Travel

Stagecoach are offering 3 months’ free transport. Please apply for a pass. Some people have found that, while waiting for a pass, they have been able to use their passports for free travel.

Information

Looking after Babies

Banks

Positive: Monzo, HSBC (Needs host’s Council tax statement), Recent experience face to face in Lloyds has been positive

Negative: Barclays (they are working on it…),

Free Sims:

Offers

3 offers one month free

Red Cross – 1000 UK minutes, free calls to Ukraine, 8 gig data, plus handset if theirs is locked – all for three months. Call 0344 871 1111 and select option five

Vodafone

Vodafone offers six months of free calls and 20Gb data per month.  Our group have some Sims under this scheme. 

If you live in Godalming or the surrounding villages, we are issuing SIMs to people reported on our form.

If you are from Farnborough or Aldershot, we will issue them through a partner in Aldershot

We cannot support requests from outside this area.

Mental health

NATP Guidance

A Group of professional (Russian speaking) councillors have volunteered to support guests

Group for Ukrainians matched with Godalming

If you are Ukrainian and want to discuss living here with others who are also looking to move to the area, join the WhatsApp group by sending your WhatsApp number for us to add you.

Neighbouring Groups

There are active groups working with Ukrainians in Farnham, Haslemere, Guildford and Aldershot. We work in partnership with Busbridge and Hambledon for Ukraine.