I'm a Ukrainian arriving in Wandsworth
We are welcoming Ukrainian nationals through the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.
This page provides useful local information for getting you settled in Wandsworth.
The UK Government have published a comprehensive guide to the Homes for Ukraine Scheme and life in the UK. We recommend you take time to read this.
Financial support and finding a job
Ukrainian guests on a Homes for Ukraine visa are entitled to a one off £200 payment per person to help with immediate costs. To claim this payment please come to the Customer Centre in Wandsworth Town Hall from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and bring your passport and visa as proof of ID. The address is: Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU.
Please note: If you have arrived in the UK with a Ukrainian Family Visa, you are not entitled to the £200 payment.
You are entitled to work while you are living in the UK. Before you can start work, you need to apply for a National Insurance number. You can start work without a National Insurance number if you can prove you have the right to work in the UK.
If you are unable to find a job straight away, or need additional financial support, you are eligible to apply for benefits immediately. Find out what is available to you.
A local Jobcentre Plus, can also help you find employment and assess you for financial benefits.
Work Match is the Council's employment service that can offer support, advice, guidance and training, and can help you find a job with a local employer. Register either by calling +44 (0)20 8871 5191 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
English language courses
Lifelong Learning offers free training for adults which includes:
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes delivered directly and through community-based partners, providing options for lessons from multiple venues
- One-to-one information, advice and guidance with qualified careers guidance workers, who support access not only to ESOL courses, but a number of courses that support preparation for employment, including applying directly for jobs
More information is available on Wandsworth Lifelong Learning's website.
For more information you can call +44 (0)20 8871 8055 or email email@example.com.
Lifelong Learning's address is: Gwynneth Morgan Centre, Lifelong Learning, 52 East Hill, London SW18 2HJ.
The Centre is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and reception staff are able to provide information and arrange appointments with staff and tutors.
Education and support for children
Any child under 18 will be entitled to enrol in a local school. You will receive support to enrol in a school, but you can find out more information about the process on the following pages:
- Early education and childcare funding (aged 2-5)
- Primary School Admissions (aged 4 to 10)
- Secondary School Admissions (aged 11 to 18)
Find out about other local childcare options for any age and children centres, for children under 5.
There are also local youth clubs which offer a range of activities and support for young people.
All families with children will receive a home visit from a children’s services officer from the Council. If your child has a disability or special educational needs, the officer will be able to help you access support available.
You will have access to free health care while in the UK, via the local National Health Service (NHS).
How the NHS works
- How the NHS works infographic
- Як працює Національна служба здоров'я (НСЗ): посібник для мігрантів
- Как работает Национальная служба здравоохранения (NHS): памятка для мигрантов
The first thing you should do is register with a local GP. GP surgeries are usually the first contact if you have a health problem. They can treat many conditions and give health advice. They can also refer you to other NHS services, including mental health.
Mental Health Services are available to you locally. If you have serious concerns about your mental health you should contact your GP.
Find out about other local health services.
Get a COVID-19 vaccine
Everyone living in the UK aged 12 and over, and some children aged 5 to 11, can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.
Find out how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Support for vulnerable adults
Adult Social Care can help people who are elderly or have disabilities. They can also help you connect with local neighbourhood groups, and services such as libraries and health services.
They can also help you if you look after someone else.
When you contact Adult Social Care, they will carry out an assessment to find out what you need. They will also carry out a financial assessment to see if you have to pay anything.
Adult Social Care can help arrange for someone to come into your home to look after you. They can also arrange for a place in a care home. They can get specialist equipment to help you live in your home. They can give support and advice to people with physical or learning disabilities, or people with sensory disabilities.
Find out more about Adult Social Care.
Police and safety
You can contact the Police by calling 101 (non-emergency) or 999 (emergency).
There is support available if you need help for the following:
- You are a victim of, or have witnessed, a hate crime
- You are a victim of, or have witnessed, domestic abuse or violence
- You are a victim of, or have witnessed, modern day slavery
Living in Wandsworth
Wandsworth is a great place to live, with plenty to do locally.
Find out more about our:
You can find out about Shops, local businesses, bars and restaurants.
More useful information:
- Rubbish and recycling
- Read local news and sign up to our e-newsletter for news and updates
- Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok
We have funded Citizen’s Advice Wandsworth to help newly-arrived Ukrainians navigate social welfare systems, and access financial and other support to settle comfortably in Wandsworth. This service will provide support on a range of topics including applying for Universal Credit, finding housing, and securing immigration status.
Citizens Advice can be contacted via a webform or their Adviceline on 0808 278 7833 (10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday).
Find out more about Citizens Advice Wandsworth support.
If you are unable to find the information you need on these pages or on our website you can contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 871 7687.
For independent advice on the Homes for Ukraine scheme and living in the UK: