MORE help has been secured for Ukrainians in Malvern who have fled the war in their homeland.

With 313 people being supported in the Malvern Hills District, Malvern Hills District Council has recruited Tanya Averina and Olha Kraievska to help support Ukrainians by liaising with organisations including the council, NHS and Department for Work and Pensions.

They will also provide information and support in matters related to housing and to promote the development of good relations in the community.

Tanya said: "We were forced to leave our homeland to escape the war started by the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

"Our mission is to help every Ukrainian and every Ukrainian family, extending a helping hand to those who were forced to leave their homes because of the war, or were left without a home at all and arrived in the Malvern Hills area.

"We have walked the same path, so we understand the needs and share the difficulties they have to face, but we are here to support and help."

So far, MHDC has paid out more than £40,000 in welcome payments.

They have also put on English classes, community events and support for Ukrainian people trying to access services.

Other support includes accommodation checks, mental health support and special deals with Freedom Leisure.

Cllr Tom Wells, leader of MHDC, said: "We are committed to helping those who have been forced to flee the war in Ukraine and we are so thankful to the community for their ongoing support.

"The Ukraine Liaison Officers are here to provide a familiar, helping hand to guests staying in the Malvern Hills District.

"There is also a wealth of information available on the council website."

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