Refugee family


Upcoming Public Meetings


A chance to find out more about

  • Hosting a Ukrainian family

  • How you might help support guests and their hosts.

LYMINGTON - Weds 25th May - 7:00pm

Lymington Baptist Church 


HYTHE & DIBDEN - Wed 1st June - 7:00pm

Hythe and Dibden Community centre


TOTTON & ELING - Tue 7th June - 7:30pm

Totton and Eling Community Centre


LYNDHURST - Wed 8th June - 7:00pm

Lyndhurst Community Centre

The government's Homes for Ukraine Scheme requires people offering accommodation (hosts) and refugees (guests) to have made contact with each other before they can jointly complete the Homes for Ukraine Visa Application. For a few who already know people in Ukraine this is straightforward, but for the majority of those wanting to act as hosts this presents a challenge.

To address this New Forest Homes for Ukraine (NFHU) has setup a matching service between those offering accommodation in the New Forest (sponsors) and Ukrainians seeking refuge in the UK. Once matched, hosts contact guests and both parties can then decide whether to jointly complete the UK Government's Homes for Ukraine visa application.

We are also working with local community groups as well as parish and town councils across the forest as they are best placed to support the hosts and their guests in their communities.

Note: We do not have the resources or access to the necessary databases to carry out any safeguarding checks ourselves. These are carried out by the Government and local authorities as part of the Homes for Ukraine visa application process.

 Online application forms for:

  • Hosts offering accommodation in the New Forest

  • Refugees seeking to come to the UK under the UK government's Ukrainian Sponsorship Scheme

(forms are available in Ukrainian and Russian)

We are currently looking for an administrator to support our work and are recruiting TEFL teachers to provide English lessons in the new Forest libraries for our Ukrainian guests - can you help? If so please complete our volunteer form.

Some support for both guests and their hosts is best provided locally. This may include setting up drop in sessions, transport, providing access to local amenities, classes and events. You may want to join a local support group (or even start one) in your community. If so, we may be able to put you in touch with others working locally.


We would be very happy to promote any community activities or services for guests on our website.

  • Register with us

  • Matching​ guests with a host

  • Initial contact

  • The visa application

  • Visa decision

Useful information for hosts and guests including

  • Considerations for hosts before applying

  • Getting to the UK

Useful information for hosts and guests including

  • Useful information once guests have arrived, including healthcare, schooling and benefits.

Additional information for Guests once they have arrived in the UK.

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