Information for sponsors

Summer activities for children and families

Over the summer holidays, there are many free and low cost activities available in the borough. Please read our newsletter for details. Also included is a list of cafés and restaurants that are offering discounted and free meals for children over the summer.

Becoming a sponsor

If you are thinking about becoming a sponsor, the government's list of Recognised Providers can help you get started.

Recognised Providers give advice to sponsors, matching them with people coming to the UK from Ukraine.

Homes for Ukraine

This scheme offers a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It enables individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for those forced to escape their homeland.

Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but there is a minimum expectation of 6 months.

For full details of the scheme, and how to offer your support, visit Homes for Ukraine on GOV.UK.

If you are hosting individuals through the Family Visa Scheme, there is slightly different support available, details are on our visa routes page.

We do not get notification from the government of guest arrivals. Once you know when your guests are arriving, please email so that we can arrange for a family link worker to visit as soon as they arrive. If you have any questions or need further advice or guidance, please get in touch.

Council checks

Once you have completed the visa application to provide housing for one or more Ukrainian guests, there are some checks for us to set up with you. These are standard government procedures for all sponsors. Our teams will be in touch with you to arrange these.

Accommodation checks

These are completed by the Public Protection Partnership and Environmental Health team, or the Housing team.

These checks consider aspects such as fire safety, and room capacity.

We are also looking to work with the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service to provide ‘safe and well’ visits once your guests have arrived, to support them with fire safety. We will provide more information on this as soon as we can.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be done for all adults living in the property where guests will stay.

An enhanced DBS check will be needed if one or more children or vulnerable adults are due to stay with you.

You will be sent a link to start the process of applying for your DBS check, please complete this as soon as it is sent to you

Read our Homes for Ukraine Disclosure and Barring Service policy.

Thank you payments

We will also be in touch to ask for details to provide you with the £350 ‘thank you’ payment. This is paid in arrears monthly, on successful completion of the accommodation and DBS checks.

We are finalising the process to support each Ukrainian guest with an initial £200 payment to support with their living expenses on arrival.

Support for sponsors

We know that hosts are facing challenges they are not experienced with. So it’s a good idea to know where to find support.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have published a page of advice for sponsors. The page offers advice toolkits and tips on communicating with your guests. It also includes advice on how to build a support group for your own mental health and wellbeing.

Information for hosts leaflets

Ukraine family scheme

This scheme allows family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK.

It is free to apply.

They will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds.

Apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa on GOV.UK.

Ukraine family scheme leaflets