Statement from Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire & Rescue on the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire & Rescue, said: “Since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine began last year, West Sussex County Council has actively engaged with the government led schemes, alongside partner organisations, district and borough councils and voluntary groups, to support those fleeing conflict in Ukraine and seeking safety in West Sussex.

“We have delivered on the local authority requirements on the Homes For Ukraine Scheme, enabling residents to become sponsors and welcome guests into their homes. We have also worked in conjunction with Gatwick airport to deliver a welcome point for Ukrainians arriving into the UK.

“Residents across the county have demonstrated their support and welcome, and the County Council continues to be appreciative of these efforts. Our Ukrainian Support Team and Community Hub also remain available to support Ukrainian families and their hosts.

“As we approach the one-year anniversary tomorrow and join in the one-minute silence at 11am, we will have the opportunity to reflect on the impact the war has had on those who remain in Ukraine and those who have been displaced, whilst also taking the time to remember those who have lost their lives since the war began.”

To find out more about how the County Council is responding to the conflict in Ukraine, visit and search for ‘conflict in Ukraine’.

If you or someone you know needs help from the Ukraine Support Team, you can email or call the Community Hub on 033 022 27980. Lines are open 9am – 5pm seven days a week, including Saturdays, Sundays and bank holiday