New dates have been announced for a popular community event held to support Ukrainian guests and sponsors in the Braintree district.

Organizers Braintree District Council and Braintree Community Center have announced a new batch of dates which will run once a month until the end of the year. They also confirmed that the event will include an English conversation lesson, led by Ukrainian-speaking volunteers, helping guests understand everyday English.

First held in June 2022, the free events give Ukrainian guests and sponsors the chance to meet and talk to others, share experiences and learn about local services available to them – all with a translator. available.

Events will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Braintree Community Center:

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Friday, December 9
The conversational English lesson portion of the session will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Participation is free and no reservation is necessary. Refreshments will also be available throughout the day.

Cllr Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities of Braintree District Council, said: “We have always stood in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and we want to continue to do what we can to help.

“Our community events have helped displaced Ukrainian families meet in a welcoming and supportive environment. It also gives us the opportunity to show the help and support that Ukrainian families and their sponsors can access in the community.

“When we have held these events before they have been a huge success so we wanted to keep them going. I am incredibly proud of the work the council and partners are doing to support our Ukrainian guests and we will continue to work alongside our partners to ensure they have our support for as long as they are in our district.

Latest figures show that 268 people are currently living in the Braintree district under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.