RESIDENTS, volunteers and many organisations across the county have been thanked for their part in helping the people of Ukraine, as Lancashire welcomes its 1,000th arrival.
Over the past six months, hundreds of individual and families fleeing Ukraine following the invasion of Russia have begun a new life in Lancashire via the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
Lancashire Refugee Integration Team and Lancashire Resilience Forum are coordinating the county-wide response, which also includes accessing healthcare, welfare and schools.
A total of 541 sponsors in Lancashire have been matched with 1,342 people via the scheme and 1,002 people have arrived in the county so far.
It comes as the people of Ukraine prepare to celebrate the Independence Day of Ukraine today (August 24) - six months to the day from Russia’s invasion.
With County Hall set to be lit up in yellow and blue in a show of solidarity, Lancashire County Council leader Cllr Phillippa Williamson, said: “From the very outset of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Lancashire has stood firm in its support with our European neighbours.
“Through the kindness of our residents, the UK Government has been able to find homes in our county for more than a thousand individuals who desperately need one.
“For this, on behalf of everyone at the county council, thank you. I would also like to thank the many organisations and volunteers who have been working round the clock to make sure our new guests settle into their new lives in Lancashire.”