Monthly Archives: May 2022

New website to help Ukrainian refugees stay safe

Anti-trafficking charities launch a new website aimed at keeping Ukrainian refugees safe and stopping exploitation. 

A coalition of anti-slavery and human rights groups has launched a new website for Ukrainian refugees in the UK, aimed at keeping them safe from trafficking and helping them adjust to their new home.  

www.ukrainianswelcome.org is a “one-stop shop” of useful websites, helplines, and other information – anything from where to get basic travel and housing advice to opening a bank account and understanding your rights as a worker.  

Says Andrew Wallis, CEO of anti-slavery charity Unseen, one of the groups behind the initiative: “There are millions of Ukrainian people on the move, many of them with no support network, who are vulnerable to all sorts of exploitation.  

“The more information we can give them on how to stay safe in the UK and where to go for support for an entire range of issues, the better. It will stop exploitation.”  

www.ukrainianswelcome.org is available in the Ukrainian, English and Russian languages.  

It includes links to the Government’s information for displaced Ukrainians.  

“It’s vitally important we get this information out there quickly as the situation gets more urgent by the day,” says Andrew Wallis. 

“We are already receiving calls from Ukrainian refugees to our Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline. And we are also getting worrying signals from other organisations in Europe regarding the trafficking of displaced Ukrainian people. 

“We are urging the main UK mobile network providers to work with us on promoting the website to Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in the UK.  

“A straightforward way to do this is for the website to be part of the standard welcome text that any traveller receives when arriving in this country. Already any foreigner registered phone arriving in the UK will get a welcome text from their UK provider detailing charges. What can be so difficult about changing that text for anyone arriving with a phone that is on a Ukrainian network?” 

The initiative is funded by The Freedom Fund and the website developed by Milk & Tweed     

Healthwatch Hospital Waiting Times Survey

Healthwatch Hampshire, in partnership with local Healthwatch in Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight and the local NHS, have launched a survey asking the public to share their experiences and views of waiting for hospital treatments.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people having their planned hospital treatments delayed. Healthwatch want to find out how this is affecting people locally and whether they would consider treatment at an alternative hospital in Winchester if it was available. Primary carers for those who have waited are also welcomed to fill out the survey.

It is vital that NHS decision makers hear people’s experiences and views of waiting for planned hospital treatment. Information will not be published or shared that identifies anyone, but the information gathered will be used to help the NHS understand how it can support people who are waiting for treatment and to inform work being undertaken to reduce waiting times.

Who is this questionnaire for?

  • People who are currently waiting for planned hospital treatment
  • People who have had planned hospital treatment since April 2021 (i.e., not emergency treatment).
  • Carers for someone who is waiting for, or has had planned hospital treatment since April 2021

The questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete and is running until 30th June 2022. You can find it here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/N1X657/

If you’d like a paper copy of this survey posted to you, or would like other support to complete the survey, please get in touch with Healthwatch on 01962 440262 or email enquiries@healthwatchhampshire.co.uk.

Rapid Assessment of Identified Risks of Modern Slavery for those Fleeing the Ukraine Crisis

Please find attached a recently newly published report by Hope for Justice regarding identified risks of modern slavery for those fleeing Ukraine and how to mitigate in the short and longer term.  

One of the points highlighted in the report is the importance of training of all frontline agencies and communities in spotting the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking so please do advertise the Modern Slavery e-learning unit, other Partnership resources and awareness raising sessions on offer.

Further resources can be found here: www.eerc.org.uk (Eastern European Resource Centre).

PDF icon Ukraine Rapid Assessment of Identified Risks and Mitigation Hope for Justice