Homes for Ukraine in Ormskirk & West Lancs

OCP and St James Church, Westhead, have jointly launched a group for local people who are hosting guests from Ukraine via the government's "Homes for Ukraine" scheme.

The purpose of the group is to support each other now, and into the future, by sharing knowledge and experience, and by accessing support from our local councils and other partners. 

  • Support for Ukrainian guests as they arrive and adapt to life in a new country.
  • Support for sponsors and their families as they adjust to the significant changes created by opening their homes to people they don't know.

We recognise that this is a big commitment and will be challenging for everyone involved.   Our group aims to create a support network that will respond effectively to the changing needs of hosts and their guests in West Lancashire.

Meetings for sponsors and their guests are also held at St James Church, on the second Monday of each month, at 7 p.m.  The next meetings will be on Monday 8 August and Monday 12 September.

Our local partners include The Ask Club (Skelmersdale), which runs an ESOL class for Ukrainians on Tuesday mornings, and Community Lives Matter (Ormskirk), which runs a drop-in session for refugees on Friday afternoons

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Drop-in sessions for Ukrainians are now being held every Wednesday morning at St James Church, Vicarage Lane, Westhead L40 6HG -- Pop in between 9:30 and 11:30 to meet others and make friends.

English (ESOL) classes for Ukrainians have now started in Westhead on Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings.

Beginners:  Wed 12:15 - 14:00, Thu 18:15 - 20:00

Improvers: Wed 10:00 - 11:45, Thu 16:00 - 17:45

Students may attend either or both sessions.

We are planning some events and activities for our Ukrainian guests during the summer and acknowledge the financial support from The Rotary Club of Ormskirk Clocktower that will make this possible.

An event for all guests and their hosts will take place on Saturday 27 August, 5 - 8 p.m.  Details will be circulated, or you may contact us for more information:


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