Ukrainian refugees and UK hosts

Local groups and initiatives

Local groups

Market Harborough and Surrounding Areas Refugee Community Group

For further information please join the group's Facebook page.

Sunflower Social Group for Ukrainian Refugees and Hosts – Harborough Theatre Lounge, Church Square, Market Harborough, LE167NB.

The group will meet from 2-4pm on the following dates:

June 2022 - 9th, 23rd and 30th

They will then have a break over the summer and start meeting again in September.

'Together with Ukraine' at Market Harborough Methodist Church (Northampton Road, LE16 9HE), every Saturday morning at 10am until 12noon.

This is a friendly coffee morning and place to chat for Ukrainian people and their hosts. (Not open to the general public during this time, but all Ukrainian people and refugee-host families welcome).  Free of charge.

Leicester Ukrainian Club 'Kalyna.' 2A Fosse Road South, Leicester, LE3 OQD.

Further information is on the Leicester Ukrainian Club 'Kalyna' Facebook page.


Local Orthodox Churches

  • Serbian Orthodox Church of St George, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RD
  • Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas and St Xenophon, Aylestone Road, Leicester, LE2 7NW
  • Serbian Orthodox Church Hram Svetog Proroka IIije, 47 Rockingham Road, Corby, NN17 1AJ


Free language courses for Ukrainian refugees in Leicestershire

Information is available on Leicestershire County Council's website. Please scroll down the page to GoLearn! English Courses)


Free face-to-face and online classes for asylum seekers and refugees

The University of Leicester offers free face-to-face and online classes in cooperation with Leicester City of Sanctuary. Classes run during term times, but there are plans to offer them over the summer too.

You can find more information about Leicester City of Sanctuary English classes and the latest timetables on the University of Leicester’s website.


Sign up now for free kids’ holiday clubs and meals this summer

Parents and families are being encouraged to sign up for free holiday activity clubs running across Leicestershire over the summer holiday period.

Leicestershire Holidays Together is a Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme funded by the Department for Education, for children aged five to 16 who are receiving benefits-related free school meals.

Leicestershire County Council is working with Active Together to deliver the summer programme, which will be held at venues across the county by schools, voluntary and community organisations, childcare providers and sports clubs. 

Children and young people can access up to 16 holiday club sessions over the summer – totally free of charge.

Visit Leicestershire County Council's website for more information.


Ukrainian refugee free membership at Everyone Active leisure centres

Information about membership offers at Harborough Leisure Centre and Lutterworth Sports Centre is availalble on the Everyone Active website.


Online resources

Welcome guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK (link to PDF on external government website)

How the NHS works – Ukrainian – (link to Doctors of the World website. Please click on the first icon on the linked page)

How the NHS works – Russian – (link to Doctors of the World website. Please click on the first icon on the linked page)

Help for Ukrainian Nationals - Information and support for people from Ukraine, including the family migration visa and the Ukrainian family scheme, and wellbeing resources (link to British Red Cross website)

Factsheet (link to external government website. Translations available via buttons in top right of page)