Ukrainian Independence Day
On 24 August, we were fortunate enough to spend Ukrainian Independence Day with some incredibly inspiring and brave families at our Petroc Tiverton campus.
Throughout the summer, we have hosted activity days for Ukrainian families who have moved to Devon. The project, funded by DCC, has given them the opportunity to make new friends, learn English through our free ESOL programme and receive advice and guidance from adult job coaches on opportunities in the Mid Devon area in a safe and supportive space.
We spoke to some of the families who have attended. Svitalna said, “There are a lot of Ukrainian children here, it’s difficult for them to find things to do during the holidays and this is a good way for them to have fun. They have learnt how to cook pizza and pie!” She added, “Our host family helps us to integrate into society and helps us to fill out paperwork, this project has been helpful for our development, education and for us to make new friends.” Alla said, “There are amazing people in Tiverton, especially at Petroc.” And Nataliya, commented, “I feel better because I’m not alone.”
All of the families had high praise for the staff. In particular, they said that Sue Trevelyan, one of the key organisers, was like a mother to all of the families.
We look forward to continuing to support the Ukrainian community in our local area and will be hosting our own Listening Café which will be running every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30pm starting on 20 September at our Exe Café at Petroc Tiverton.