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Ukrainian hub opens at Cranberry Moss in North Ayrshire

Posted on 28 Sep 2022

 

A community hub for Ukrainian refugees has officially opened at Cranberry Moss Community Centre in Kilwinning.

Since the outbreak of the Russian invasion earlier this year, millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes, with many finding a home from home here in North Ayrshire.

The hub will provide a central point of support to the refugees, with many of the activities requested by the Ukrainians themselves.

North Ayrshire Council Leader Marie Burns said: “It was an honour to attend the opening of what will be a vital resource for our Ukrainian guests.

“The hub at Cranberry Moss not only provides a focal point for Ukrainians to meet and socialise, but it will also be an important source of information and support.

“We’re delighted to continue to offer whatever support we can.”

The hub will offer education and language classes and will also see guest speakers invited to attend.

It will also be a point for the donation and collection of items such as toys, clothes and homeware.

It is hoped that the hub will host celebrations of Ukrainian culture, from watching religious services or football games to cultural festivals.

The hub will also receive the regular information and support service from the Council’s locality officers.

While Scotland has become home to thousands of Ukrainians, North Ayrshire has opened its arms to more than 200 men, women and children, with more families expected in the weeks and months ahead.

North Ayrshire’s response has been co-ordinated by the Council’s Refugee Task Force whose aim has been to help the Ukrainians adapt and settle to life in North Ayrshire, whether it’s making sure they can access health services or helping children access education, or even helping prepare CVs to allow them to work or access training.