you can be doing while you wait
applications completed and waiting for permission-to-travel letters? Here are
some thoughts on things you can be doing to prepare while you wait.
1) go to
doctors and ask for forms to register a new patient – no need to explain
anything else just ask for the forms
2) get hold
of some PAYG SIM cards for mobile phones
3) Print out
local bus and train timetables, map out the common routes they might need and
find out the fare costs
links with any local Ukrainian communities already in your area
your smoke alarms are all working
6) Make sure
you have parental controls set on your TV streaming and internet connections,
getting some timers on your TV and WiFi so they switch off at night (if
about what rules you may need or want in your home – write them out and use
Google translate to get in Ukrainian
and read up on trauma responses and behaviours…..
10) Try to
pick up a few key Ukrainian phrases
11) Get some
more house keys cut
your local area to see if you can find polish or Ukrainian shops
13) Join a
what’s app group with all your guests, chat daily and check in with them. Don’t
stress if you don’t hear from them though – they may have trouble charging
phones etc. They have enough to worry about without feeling guilty that they
haven’t been in touch.
are welcoming kids into your home make sure you have safe storage for all
medications, cleaning materials and toxic items. They will be in bottles and
containers that kids will not recognise. High up or lockable cupboards.
15) If you
are welcoming women or girls who have reached puberty stock up on a selection
of sanitary products and leave them in their rooms.
your local free stuff groups on Facebook
– have a few packs of spare underwear in sizes that might work….
away anything you have any significant emotional attachment to. Things will get
19) Get the
forms to register for your local library.
out your time for you. Plan ways for you to keep your hobbies and activities
Even if your
guest has a second language that you speak fluently, a few words of Ukrainian
might help them feel welcome:
a free online learning tool
Taranov – Ukrainian English Phrasebook