Ukrainian online book festival 6-9 October/ Український фестиваль онлайн-книги 6-9 жовт

Lviv BookForum will take place 6–9 October with all events available free to view online.

Львівський BookForum відбудеться 6–9 жовтня, усі події доступні для безкоштовного перегляду онлайн.

Mixing acclaimed Ukrainian writers with world-renowned literary figures, the co-curated programme will share essential stories and facilitate a global conversation around the biggest questions of our time. Part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture devised jointly by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute, the full programme is available at link below:

Поєднуючи відомих українських письменників із всесвітньо відомими діячами літератури, співкураторська програма поділиться важливими історіями та сприятиме глобальній дискусії навколо найбільших питань нашого часу. Частина Культурного сезону Великобританія/Україна, розробленого спільно Британською Радою та Українським Інститутом, повна програма наведена нижче.

AA is offering Ukrainian refugees a free Drive Confident UK driving familiarisation course / AA пропонує українським біженцям безкоштовний ознайомчий курс водіння

See the link here for full details

The AA Charitable Trust has agreed to support Ukrainian refugees in the UK by offering a free Drive Confident UK driving familiarisation course from AA Driving School and BSM.

The course comprises of one two-hour practical driving refresher lesson with a driving instructor in their tuition car. It is for qualified drivers who have a full driving licence and is subject to availability of instructors.

In areas where no instructor is available, applicants will be offered a free remote e-learning module, in Ukrainian, created by Drivetech instead.

If you’d like to register, please call on 03300530026 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address (please note for multiple person applications at the same address, each applicant needs to provide a separate email address)
  • Date of birth
  • Full UK address (including postcode)
  • UK mobile phone number
  • Confirmation of which nationality licence you hold
  • Confirmation of whether your licence is for manual or automatic cars. If it is both, please specify which type of transmission you would like for your lesson.
  • Availability
  • At the start of the course, you’ll need to show your licence to your driving instructor.

Please note in-car lessons will be conducted in English. Taking a third party in the car with you to translate is at the instructor’s discretion. The two-hour in-car course is funded by the AA Charitable Trust and is free.

Red Cross make £50 to New Arrivals

At the moment there is £50 available from the Red Cross to any refugees who apply withinin the first 14 days of their arrival in the UK. To apply they or their sponsor need to ring this number 08081963651 and they will be asked a few details ( name date of birth and email address)

Helping Ukrainians In Ross

Many of us may not be in a position to host a Ukrainian family but we may have wondered how we can help. The Ross Refugee Support is a newly formed independent network of volunteers who are offering help. Some are hosting Ukrainian families but others are simply offering a little of their time.

The Support Group meet every Wednesday in the lower room of the Ross Baptist Church in Broad Street.  This is an opportunity for Ukrainians to meet others from their country, helping them to feel less isolated and chat with others who are in the same situation, which in itself is helping many settle in to a new temporary life in the UK. The hosts have also found it useful to meet other hosts who have been able to offer accommodation and they too can exchange useful ideas on many day to day situations.

The Ross Refugee Support Group are planning to help in other areas. Margaret King, who is responsible for steering this group said “In addition to hosting families and individuals, we can help in so many practical ways such as helping them improve their English, help with transport, form filling, job applications, health and mental wellbeing.”

If you know of any Ukrainian families or hosts who would benefit from this or if you can help by offering a couple of hours or more, please contact us by email using .

Photo: Mayor Ed O’Driscoll with some of the Ukrainian refugees at  the support meeting last Wednesday.