Opening up our homes to Ukrainians

Scaf

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Well today I have been entertaining a rather energetic 9year old………. I was at a conference but came home early.
The language barrier with the older lady is ok, she is trying and we are using apps to help……
The young lad has very little English but understands more that he lets on …….
He likes cars so tomorrow I will introduce him to the Strad.
On a practical note, we opened bank accounts for the two adults today - Nat West were recommended and it was a simple process. All we had to do was write a letter to confirm they are living with us.
The younger last of working age keeps asking about getting a job, she only arrived yesterday, great work ethic.
She said, if I get a job now, i won’t need help from your government………..
They have some Ukrainian cash, no idea if that will be straight forward to exchange
 

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Well we are 1 week in.
Family are more and more settled everyday and are now cooking their own meals which simplifies things.
Just about all formalities are complete but that has been a real struggle with so many people making excuses about not being able to do this or that because they are working from home (see rant thread).
We have introduced them to other local Ukrainian families, some already living here, other fleeing the war, so they that has helped a lot.
Still no financial support coming through for them, so it’s a good job we are able to look after them without it putting pressure on us.
The young lad has a scooter (donated) and I will pick up an eBay bike tomorrow paid for from a donation.
They are really lovely, very humble and very grateful.
 

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Well we are 1 week in.
Family are more and more settled everyday and are now cooking their own meals which simplifies things.
Just about all formalities are complete but that has been a real struggle with so many people making excuses about not being able to do this or that because they are working from home (see rant thread).
We have introduced them to other local Ukrainian families, some already living here, other fleeing the war, so they that has helped a lot.
Still no financial support coming through for them, so it’s a good job we are able to look after them without it putting pressure on us.
The young lad has a scooter (donated) and I will pick up an eBay bike tomorrow paid for from a donation.
They are really lovely, very humble and very grateful.
Respect, Sam. Bundles and bundles of respect.
 
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Imagine all the things that we take for granted, that your guests are going to experience for the first time.
Toad in the hole. Spotted dick, Arbroath Smokies and so on.
This afternoon, I heard someone on Radio4 who is also hosting, describe how they ordered in fish and chips, battered sausages, chips and curry sauce etc etc and at first the Ukrainians were pretty sceptical about food delivered to your door in newspaper. But after one chip, they were converted apparently.
All they need exposure to now is an Oirish Bar and those, together with fish and chip shops will position Ukraine nicely for accelerated EU membership.