Central Bedfordshire councillors unanimously backed a motion to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and unreservedly condemn the unjustifiable and illegal actions of the Russian state, in invading Ukraine and deploying alarmingly brutal military tactics.
It’s not often that politicians from all parties unite on a cause and this was one such occasion. Since the start of the invasion, the apparent escalation of tactics is appalling and it’s very hard to take in the terrible scenes coming out of Ukraine on a daily basis.
The motion was an opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank our residents who have responded to the plight of the Ukrainian people with enormous generosity and kindness. It is amazing that so many have offered their homes and others are supporting through local community groups and donating to charity.
We all share the sentiment that we should do all that we can to welcome and support those arriving in Central Bedfordshire. The Council have set up a dedicated liaison team to support refugees and residents, who have offered their homes through the Government Homes for Ukraine scheme and we will work with our local community groups and voluntary sector, to provide the wrap-around support that will help those who have had to flee their home country resettle here.
The community response has been truly remarkable and an uplifting reminder of the good in the world. I know our communities will continue to do everything they can to help Ukrainians feel welcomed.
If you have offered your home through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, there’s lots of information on our website.
If you want to donate, the best way to do this is to donate to Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). DEC brings together 15 charities, and your donations will help DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families.