Yate Fire Station hosts welcome event for Ukrainian guests

On Friday 20 May, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) staff welcomed Ukrainian guests to the community at an event hosted at Yate Fire Station attended by over 100 Ukrainian guests and their sponsors from the community.



AF&RS staff, South Gloucestershire Council, Avon and Somerset Police and a local Vicar came together to welcome attendees to South Gloucestershire and provide an opportunity for them to meet others in a similar situation and find out more about the local area.


As well as featuring information from the council on local services and the range of support available, the welcome was also extended to the Ukrainian people by a local Vicar, and representatives from the police and AF&RS. There was additionally a selection of free toiletries available donated by Morrisons and an NHS vaccination team from UWE were on hand and kept busy giving first, second and booster doses of the Covid vaccine to a significant number of attendees.


The successful event saw lots of conversations taking place and new friendships being formed between the Ukrainian guests and among the different South Gloucestershire sponsors.


Chief Fire Officer Simon Shilton opened the event, he said: “It was an honour to have welcomed our new Ukrainian residents, and their host families, to Yate Fire Station. We work hard to help everyone feel safe in our community, and I hope this event went some way in helping our Ukrainian guests feel welcomed and reassured that they are safe when living and working in our area."


Councillor Franklin Owusu-Antwi, cabinet member responsible for equality of opportunity, said: “It was excellent to meet and formally welcome our new Ukrainian residents to South Gloucestershire and to thank their hosts for opening their homes to them. We want to do all we can to help our guests settle in, feel safe and supported and to quickly feel at home in South Gloucestershire.


“My thanks go to the council’s Homes for Ukraine team and everyone involved in setting this up, Yate Fire Station for hosting, and to Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Simon Shilton and the Reverend Beverley Charles for opening the event.”


A second event is being arranged in Cadbury Heath on 15 June and weekly Thursday morning drop-in sessions will be starting soon at Holy Trinity Church, Kingswood.


For more information about help and support relating to the crisis in Ukraine visit www.southglos.gov.uk/ukraine


AF&RS are offering free Home Fire Safety Visits to those who have fled Ukraine, those eligible can book a visit by quoting “Ukraine” when booking on our online portal. Home fire safety information is available in Ukrainian, and a number of other languages, on AF&RS website.