Deal MP Natalie Elphicke has praised the “incredible community support” provided to Ukrainian refugees in Deal. The MP made the comments while visiting St. Richard’s Church in Mill Hill, to take part in English language classes for Ukrainians being provided by the Upper Deal and Great Mongeham support hub.
The support hub brings together Kent County Council and Dover District Council housing services, education specialists, as well as banks. Collectively, they provide guidance and assistance to refugees from the Ukraine war.
The hub is supported by donations and volunteers from the congregation at St Richards Church, which has provided activities and refreshments.
The hub’s team includes Rev. Monica Cameron, Steve Goodsell (Churchwarden), and Rev. Sharon Greenwood.
Natalie Elphicke said:
“Local families have been incredibly generous in providing housing for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. There has been incredible community support.
“Yet as the war continues, it’s clear refugees will be here for a little longer. It’s really important to provide support with English language skills, housing, work and financial help. The hub’s volunteers at St Richards and the local councils are doing incredible work helping the Ukrainians navigate living in the UK. I was really impressed by the warm welcome and generosity of volunteers.”