The new Conservative leader of Wealden District Council visited the Ukrainian Support Hub in Mayfield with local MP, Nus Ghani, to welcome Ukrainian families to Wealden and to thank volunteers who have been coordinating local support.
Welcoming the Ukranian families, the leader of Wealden District Council, Ann Newton, said:
"Enormous thanks to all those who have worked so hard to create this special Wealden welcome at the Support Hub. They have created a marvellous place for the families to come for any kind of help while they are here. The host families are all wonderful and the volunteers extraordinary people in helping to ensure that our visitors are looked after."
The Support Hub was set up by Mayfield and Five Ashes charity MAYFACS and is staffed by volunteers. Located on Mayfield high street, it offers a ‘Free Shop’, where families can choose clothing, toiletries, toys, stationery and other items they may need upon arrival.
Joining Wealden's MP, Nus Ghani, Cllr Newton said: "I am delighted that Wealden district is welcoming 260 refugees from the war-torn country, more than any other part of East Sussex which is seeing 650 arrivals in all."
"Everything has been donated and additional donations from the public are warmly received", explains Cllr Newton. "The Support Hub also offers signposting to services such as healthcare and education, and key information to help with settling in the community such as translating services and job offers."
Nusrat Ghani MP said: “I am pleased to have visited MAYFACS Support Hub as the first official visit with the new Leader of Wealden District Council. My team and I continue to put many hours into chasing visa applications with the Home Office and I am pleased that we have helped to get half of the expected arrivals to Wealden. This is a moment to celebrate, but I appreciate that there are more cases waiting. They are not forgotten, and I will continue making representations to ensure that we can provide the remaining Ukrainian families with a place of safety as soon as possible.