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"I would like to think that somebody would do the same for me"

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crisis, expects to provide “tens of thousands” more, according to the levelling up secretary, Michael Gove. Four Britons who are thinking about offering to house Ukrainian refugees speak about why they are taking the step and what challenges they may encounter.

3. Jo Cooksey, a 56-year-old civil servant in Tameside, Greater Manchester, has been thinking about opening her home to refugees since people started fleeing Ukraine. “I can’t just sit by and watch this horror unfolding,” Cooksey says.

4. “The Polish have been amazing, the way they’ve just opened the border and taken everybody who wants to go, but, obviously, Poland can’t sustain that. I thought maybe there was a chance that we would be able to help. I would like to think that somebody would do the same for me, you know?”

ORGANIZING THEIR STAY

5. The 56-year-old, who has had a spare room since her daughter moved out, says she “would offer [her] home to a woman with a child or an elderly person” for “as long as it takes.” The homes for Ukraine programme asks people to commit to providing housing for a minimum of six months.

6. “At the moment, we just have no idea about what’s going to happen,” she says. “It’s a big leap of faith to offer a home to a stranger. You’re not going to know this person, and you won’t know anything about their background until you meet them. However, that won’t put me off trying to help.”

7. Kyleen Kelly, 37, a part-time dental receptioni­st in Taunton, Somerset, has already donated money and items to local collection­s for Ukraine, but says she wants to keep helping refugees in whatever way she can. “I’ve got three children and I can’t imagine what they’re going through. It just breaks my heart every time I see women and children having to leave their fathers and their uncles and their grandfathe­rs behind because they’re still fighting, and their homes being ruined and have to leave with nothing,” she says. 8. Kelly and her partner live with their children in a four-bedroom house, and plan to move two of the kids into one room to make space for another family. “I’ve got a double bed and a travel cot and a camp bed, so I’ve got enough room to take three or four people. We’ve got a garden and a big enough dining room that they can sit and have dinner with us, and things like that, if they wanted to. My kids are all up for it. They’re all aware of what’s happening, so they’re happy to help.”

9. She says she doesn’t know what kind of challenges hosting a family may involve, but is ready to take each one as it comes. “If they don’t speak much English, we’ll use the internet to translate. It’s just a case of going with it. I know they’re not going to feel at home. I just want to give them a little bit of kindness.”

10. nurse person who looks after people who are ill / to support to help / asylum seeker refugee / disappoint­ed discourage­d, dissatisfi­ed / lack insufficie­nt.

11. to set, set, set up to create / back then at that time (in the past) / plight difficult situation.

12. accommodat­ion place to live / glad happy /

scary frightenin­g.

13. to be in touch with to be in contact with / to reach here, to come to / to share here, to live together with / RAF = Royal Air Force the UK’s military air and space force / to reach out to to contact, to connect with / sanctuary refuge / to remain to stay.

14. portal website, internet access / applicatio­n demand, request / to be set to to be planned to /

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