The generosity and welcoming nature of local people has been hailed after figures revealed more than 300 refugees had moved to Staffordshire as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
Since the Russian invasion in February 24, millions have fled the country to seek safety, with 21,600 arriving in the UK.
More than 2,500 people in Staffordshire expressed an interest in sponsoring a refugee, with hundreds being matched so far.
Cllr Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities, said:
“I’m so proud that so many Ukrainians are able to call Staffordshire home during this tumultuous time, and have received a warm welcome from the people of our county.
“We’ve worked hard with our district and borough councils over the past few weeks and months to put everything in place to ensure our Ukrainian guests are in appropriate accommodation, that the proper checks have been done, and that they have access to services and support such as schools, GPs, dentists, and language learning.
“Added to this, we’re seeing many local communities setting up their own groups to welcome refugees, which is a wonderful testament to the generosity and welcoming nature of the people in our county.”Cllr Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council
For more information on the scheme, visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/ukraine.