Ukraine connections and support in Test Valley

25/04/2022

Here we share some information on support that is available in the Test Valley area for Ukraine families

Hampshire County Council are looking for volunteers to help run the groups in some of their Hampshire Library Service branches by welcoming visitors, providing refreshments and a friendly chat.

Find out more information at one of the libraries below, or apply online through the volunteer application form and specify Ukraine Connections, here

  • Andover Library ; Saturday: 10am – 12pm
  • Fordingbridge Library ;Tuesday: 2pm – 4pm
  • Hythe Library Tuesday: 10am – 12pm
  • Lymington Library; Friday: 10am – 12pm
  • New Milton Library ;Tuesday: 10am – 12pm
  • Ringwood Library; Thursday: 2pm – 4pm
  • Romsey Library ;Friday: 2pm – 4pm
  • Totton Library ;Monday: 10am – 12pm
  • Whitchurch Library ;Monday: 2pm – 3pm

Other support and advice on Support for Ukraine can be found on the TVBC website , here

St. Marys Hub in Andover

This hub vision was growing before the Ukraine crisis but has been turned around quicker to respond with as much agility and care as possible to the needs of those fleeing war. The lounge is for Andover and those who need it.

The key elements to the lounge is;

  •  volunteers are there to listen, serve and help sign post – They seek to help people take their next step of support in the Town, whether it’s food bank, mind, or any other incredible provision this town has to offer.
  • Prayer space and links to a community at St Mary’s Church
  • Kids room, with toys, baby essentials which we will give as a welcome gift where needed – guests can have one gift bag which contains of food, essentials, clothes extras (like candles, kids toys or other treats). They can book three visits to the lounge after their initial visit (gift bags will not be offered for returns unless need is critical as partners will likely be involved longer term and St Mary’s Church is where they will continue long term pastoral support).
  • They have food – again for a pack with all that’s needed for a person or family for a couple of days food.
  • They have baby items, clothing for young and old, washing machine, dryer (hopefully), possibly a pop up hair salon via the college vocation students and laptops.
  • They have good friendships with the community, like Yvonne at Asda means they can offer Ukrainian refugees a guaranteed interview at Asda ( not necessarily a job, but an interview).

Visit their website here for more information.

If you have any information on local support groups please do let us know so that we can help you promote your good work , email us your details to info@unityonline.org.uk

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