CamRuSS for Ukraine

Support for Ukrainian refugees

With the help of our volunteers, local community, organisations and local government we deliver a range of activities to support Ukrainian guests and their hosts, including running free English language and cultural adaptation sessions. Here we share information on current events and initiatives run by us and our partners in Cambridge and surrounding areas.

For Ukrainians: please visit this page for regular updates, or fill out this form to receive them via email.

If you would like to volunteer with our Ukraine response working group, please complete this form.

For any queries or offers of help, please email camruss4ukraine@gmail.com

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HELPLINE: 05603 025975 (09:00-18:00 Monday – Friday, 10:00-17:00 Saturday)

Our Helpline aims to facilitate communication between Ukrainian refugees and their host families by providing a translation service (Russian, English and Ukrainian). Please view the information leaflet here. Please leave a voice message and our volunteers will respond within an hour the same day to discuss how to get the help you need.

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HIGHLIGHTS

On 23 September an experienced car enthusiast and a long-time cyclist talked about everything related to vehicles: buying, registering, insuring and servicing cars; the procedure for passing the driving test; purchase and repair of bicycles, as well as the rules of the road. The presentation from the meeting can be viewed here.

Join us on Sunday, 9 October, for a mushroom walk at Thetford Forest and BBQ (14:00 to 18:00). Meet old friends and make new ones. We are planning to arrange transport for Ukrainians from central Cambridge. Please complete this form, to let us know if you are planning to join us.

We are looking for a driver with D1 entitlement on their licence to drive a group of Ukrainians from Cambridge to Thetford Forest and back on 9 October for 2 pm start & return at 6pm for our annual mushroom outing.  Over 25’s only due to insurance restrictions. Please contact Yelena Payne at lena1lena@hotmail.com.

14 October at 13:00 please join us at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge, CB2 3AR, for our cultural adaptation sessions for Ukrainian guests. This time representatives of charitable organizations will talk about ways to receive humanitarian assistance in Cambridgeshire. You will learn how Food Banks differ from Food Hubs, what financial support for families is available in the UK, and will be able to ask questions.

Our CamRuSS for Ukraine volunteer group online meeting will take place on Saturday, 15 October at 17:00. Please register here, if you want to join.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND INITIATIVES

 English Language and Cultural Adaptation

  • Free English language sessions every Monday and Thursday, and Fridays have resumed on 12 September at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge, CB2 3AR. The group is now full. We will be inviting people from the waiting list once places become available.
  • Cultural adaptation sessions resumed on 12 September, please come every Friday, 13:00-14:00 at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church. We will be sharing upcoming topics for each session with you.
  • Free guided tours of Cambridge offered by Tanya Yurasova for newly arrived Ukrainians (for others there is a charge of £15 per person). Call or text Tanya on 07815 101481 or check for updates at Tangential Cambridge.
  • Intensive English language courses are offered by Cambridge Regional College for groups for different levels. Please find a full list of courses here. For any queries or to register, you can contact Eva Ivanovo (in Russian) at eivanova@camre.ac.uk or phone 01223 226317 (in English).
  • On 12 October Cambridge Regional College will host an Open Day. Here you can get information about English language courses (ESOL), as well as other courses that the college offers free of charge. Please register in advance
  • Free evening English speaking sessions offered by Cambridge English Language Society in Arbury, Cambridge CB4 2LD. Sign up online here. Call 07773 877658 or email secretary@c-els.org.uk for more information.
  • Conversational English courses take place are run at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge CB2 3AR. If you would like to join, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/QAoxNjTKiwQcc8j98
  • Some places available at English language courses in Waterbeach (just 6 min train journey from Cambridge and a short walk from Waterbeach train station) and Cottenham (2 min walk from the local train station). Please fill out this form, if you want to join:
    • Сottenham Baptist Church, once a week on Tuesdays, 5.30pm- 6.30pm (beginners +pre-intermediate together)
    • Waterbeach St John’s Church on Wednesdays: 4.20pm – Beginners and 5.35pm – Pre-Intermediate
  • Ukrainian language classes on Thursdays at 2:00pm at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge CB2 3AR. Contact Irina Tsepova: irvik59zepova@gmail.com
  • EFL courses at Coleridge Community College & Parkside Community Collegefollow the link to find out more. Contact details for enrolling in courses can be found here.
  • Free English language lessons for Ukrainians with a professional teacher – every Wednesday from 13:00 to 16:30 at St Ives Corn Exchange, come anytime and stay as long as you want. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their current level of English. Contact Colin Birdfield, 07510975047 for more information or just drop by Wednesday at St Ives Corn Exchange, The Pavement, St Ives PE27 5AD

Networking and community

  • Telegram channel and chat Cambs4UA – useful information and practical advice from local residents for newcomers to Cambridgeshire.
  • St Andrew’s Baptist Church welcomes you every Friday from 13:00 to 15:00 for tea and dessert. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and speak Ukrainian and English.
  • On weekdays St. Andrew’s Baptist Church is pleased to offer its premises for community events, meetings, birthday parties, etc. For details, please contact Eileen, church manager, on Whatsapp 07807914746.
  • Andy’s Café is a great place to meet new people, discover other cultures and chat in English. The cafe is open every evening from Monday to Thursday in the upper hall (Upper Hall) St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church (Stoneyard Centre) from 20:00 to 22:30. The English club meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 16:00 to 17:30. The entrance is free. Everyone is welcome
  • Meet-ups for Ukrainian guests every Saturday at 12:00 at Downing Place United Reformed Church (Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EL) run by Cambridge4Ukraine initiative in collaboration with Cambridge University Ukrainian Society. Follow their website for latest local events in support of Ukraine.
  • One of our volunteer English language teachers, Jean Jones, who is a retired teacher of mathematics and physics with a TEFL qualification, would like to offer maths tutoring to children who need help with their school work. Contact Jean by email: jjonescambs@hotmail.com Phone: 07810870710
  • Nataliia, one of our Ukrainian guests, is a qualified teacher seeking work as a nanny in a Russian- or Ukrainian-speaking family. Contact Nataliia by phone (Telegram, WhatsApp): 07867075941.

Support for Local Hosts and Ukrainians

  • Cambridge4Ukraine is an initiative founded by Ukrainians in Cambridge to assist local hosts who wish to sponsor Ukrainians under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Click here to express your willingness to become a host.
  • Mosty-Movy is a UK-wide network of volunteer Ukrainian and Russian speakers offering to help refugees and their hosts to build bridges across the language barrier and make friends

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