Monthly Update from the Team at the Hub – February 2023

Moving from hosts to homes

The hub is able to help Ukrainian guests who are moving from hosts to homes. The Hub new homes vouchers are available for those moving to unfurnished rented accommodation only while the starter bundle and Argos vouchers are available to everyone moving to furnished or unfurnished accommodation. The sources are not limitless but we hope they will help a number of you moving in the coming months.

Hub New Home Vouchers

The Hub is able to provide a Voucher up to a maximum of £300 per household to help purchase furniture and household items when moving into unfurnished rented accommodation after leaving the Homes 4 Ukraine scheme, using a company called KFR in Devizes.

Applications must include:

  • Details of the household
  • Address of new accommodation
  • Evidence of new accommodation
Hub Household Starter Bundle
  • The Hub is also able to offer a Household Starter Bundle including bedding/crockery and cutlery using good quality donated items for as long as we have stock. This is available to families moving into furnished and unfurnished accommodation
  • Please email or to request the items that you need and to advise of your new address details
HUB Vouchers: Argos

In addition, if you are moving or if you have moved already, you will be eligible to have an Argos voucher to buy something you need – whilst vouchers last. Please apply to or

Hub Activities

The Hub is open every Friday between 10 -12 and we look forward to seeing you for coffee, catch up, advice and English lessons.

English classes continue to be run at Salisbury Methodist Church on Thursdays and Fridays with a new class for intermediates on Thursdays from February.

If possible, please let Wendy know in advance if you plan to come to the Thursday lesson.



  • Thursdays 10.30-12.00
  • Fridays 10.30-11.30


  • Thursdays 1030-1200 new classes from February
  • Fridays 10.30-11.30

Date for your diaryFriday 3rd March for a free communal meal at the Hub, Salisbury Methodist Church from 1230 – 3.00

Please let Rebecca know if you are able to come or phone 07341 141632 and any dietary requirements. It is important to let Rebecca know as there is a limit to the capacity. Please see attached flyer

No hub on April 7 as it is Good Friday.  The Salisbury Methodist Church have a service at 10.30am to which everyone is invited. 

Other English classes

Wiltshire Council, Family and Community Learning, are running a 10 week online course beginning on Friday 31 March between 10 – 12pm. See flyer for further details

And a 5 week course beginning on Thursday 23 February, 10-12 See flyer for further details

If you are interested in joining call to book a space by calling 01225 770478 or email

English lessons in the summer holidays for 11 – 17 year olds

This summer there is the opportunity for 10 free places to be taken at the English summer school for Ukrainian teens in the 11 – 17 age range. It is a wonderful opportunity and the likely dates are 24 July – 4 August. Please note the date and register your interest with Julian Lewis at

Standing with Giants – a thought-provoking Ukraine Tribute – from 21st February

Salisbury will once again stand with Ukraine as it hosts the Standing with Giants sculpture in locations around the city to mark the one year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine.

The Sculpture, over 10 feet high and made of 15mm laser-cut sheet steel, depicts the silhouette of a solider holding a baby whilst leading a mother and another child to safety. It was the brainchild of Oxfordshire Artist Dan Barton and has been previously exhibited in Oxford. It begins its journey to Salisbury tomorrow and will first be installed in the grounds of the Rifles Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury Cathedral Close before making its way in March to the Guildhall Square where it will stay until the 18th March.

Passers-by will be able to make donations via QR codes listed on accompanying information boards to current charity appeals supporting Ukrainians who have not left their country including:-

  • The Bearr Trust – 100% of donations will go to Ukrainian and Moldovan NGOs on the ground supporting individuals and communities.
  • Salisbury Community Hub for Ukraine aiding those that are sending medical supplies, clothes and equipment and other support to Ukraine. 

We hope that by the time the installation arrives in Salisbury it will have our city proudly displayed.


Total living care – TLC – are recruiting. If you are interested in joining the care team, contact Jake on 01722 567356 or email

You will be supported, trained and the pay and conditions are good. See flyer for more details.

Wanting to be self employed? The Job Centre can help you with this and through

Cost of Living Payments for Households

Households on low incomes including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits may be eligible for other support during this difficult financial time. Some of the support offered is listed below

Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills. This winter, they will also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment. 
Check if you’re eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment

Council Tax rebate

If you live in Council Tax bands A to D in England you’ll get £150 back from your Council Tax bill (4 out of 5 households in England).
For most people the rebate is automatic, however if you don’t pay your Council Tax by direct debit then get in touch with your Council.
More information on the Council Tax rebate

Household Support Fund

£1.5 billion has been made available to support the most vulnerable to cover their essential daily costs, like energy bills. Recipients include pensioners and families with children. Local authorities can also issue food vouchers to families during the school holidays.
Get help with the cost of living from your local council

Budgeting loans

You may be eligible for a Budgeting Loan if you’ve been on certain benefits for 6 months. This can be used for household items, rent in advance and traveling costs.
Check if you’re eligible for a Budgeting Loan

Cheaper phone and broadband

You may be eligible to move onto a social tariff if you’re struggling to afford your broadband or phone services.
Check the Ofcom website to see if you can switch to a social tariff

Get help with all or part of your rent

You may get help with all or part of your rent.

There’s no set amount of housing costs support and what you get will depend on whether you rent privately or from a council or housing association.
Use a benefits calculator to find out if you can get benefits to help pay your rent

Discretionary Housing Payments

If you are on certain benefits you may be eligible for Discretionary Housing Payments which provide financial support to help with rent or housing costs.
Check if you’re eligible for a discretionary housing payment

Support and Advice for children

There are some great initiatives being run by the Wiltshire Children centre for parents, babies and young children from 0 – 5. All the courses and advice are free and cover a wide range of activities. Call 0800 970 4669 and please see the two flyers for more information – Flyer 1, Flyer 2

General Advice

The Salvation Army – Cara Upham, 6 – 10 Salt Lane (07552 863060, is the Employment Plus support worker with the remit to support people looking for work.

Visit the Salvation Army on Saturdays for free clothing.

The Citizens Advice Bureau. There are a range of ways to get in touch with them – they can give advice on most topics that might concern you, including housing and agreements. They advise on the phone, email or web-chat or you can book a face-to-face appointment.

Salisbury library offers a warm and friendly welcome this winter, together with lots of useful advice.

The Foodbank at Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays a Foodbank is available at St Pauls Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury.

The Website

As always a reminder that the website should be one of your go to sites. New information is continuing to be uploaded and over the coming months this will increase with so many of you moving from hosts to your own homes. As we gather information it will be put on the site to help guide you.