Phase One of the government's 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme is now open, enabling Ukrainian refugees who have a named sponsor in the UK to start the visa application process.
This requires UK hosts who are able to offer accommodation for a minimum of 6 months to 'match' with individuals or families fleeing Ukraine. The government has advised hosts against 'matching' via informal channels, such as social media, and to register via platforms set up by NGOs or charities. If you are interested in hosting, but you haven't done so already, you can:
1) Think about whether hosting is for you and if you are truly able to offer the accommodation, time and thought required to successfully sponsor someone, as this represents a significant commitment. City of Sanctuary has put together a useful list of things to consider before applying to sponsor a refugee: https://cityofsanctuary.org/.../things-to-consider.../
2) Register your interest on the Homes for Ukraine government portal to receive further updates and information: https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/
3) Apply to be 'matched' using the Reset Communities and Refugees host form: https://www.homesforukraine.org.uk/
4) Familiarise yourself with the visa application process that has to be completed in order for Ukrainian nationals to come to the UK through the Homes for Ukraine scheme - this can be completed by either the host sponsor or the Ukrainian applicant: https://www.gov.uk/.../apply-for-a-visa-under-the-ukraine...
5) Read the Homes for Ukraine scheme guidance for local councils to understand what hosts can expect in terms of support from Cornwall Council: https://www.gov.uk/.../homes-for-ukraine-guidance-for...