Refugee aid update

Bath residents will be able to find out how Ukrainian refugees – and the sponsors who’ve offered them space in their homes – are being supported at their next Area Forum.

During the meeting, which is being held via Zoom on Thursday 16 June at 6pm, residents will hear an update from The Community Wellbeing Hub and Issy Warren from Bath Welcomes Refugees on the work taking place locally to support those displaced by the war in Ukraine.  

A ‘Community Showcase’ will form the core of the meeting, with the theme Making space for all in our city’s Nature Recovery. It will draw on community expertise to better understand the potential in our land and feature visionary local agri-food initiatives. Speakers will include Brendan Wistreich, director at Bath City Farm, William Gay from Roots Allotments, and Lyn Barham, trustee and food group convenor from Transition Bath.

Nicolette Boater, chair of the Bath Area Forum said: “I am excited by the potential of this regenerating Citizen-Council Forum to enable the communities and places comprising our landscape city to thrive in the face of the challenges that beset us. I am greatly looking forward to learning what this means for the diverse people of Bath in whom our strength lies, as we embark on this shared journey of discovery together.”

Those attending will also have the opportunity to share their aspirations for the forum and suggest future topics for discussion. 

Councillor Kevin Guy, leader of the council said: “The area forums are a great way for communities to share information and get feedback on new initiatives and work that is going on in their area. I’d urge residents to try to get involved and let us hear their views.”

The Bath Area Forum, which is open to all residents, is supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council and brings together public services, local organisations and residents to improve local engagement, encourage people to talk to each other, and share their skills and ideas.

The forum is one of five within Bath and North East Somerset. The others are Keynsham, Chew Valley, Bathavon, and Somer Valley.

You can find more information and meeting dates on the council website.

To join the Zoom meeting at 6pm on 16 June, residents will need to register in advance.

You can watch the Area Forum live, or at a later time, on the council’s YouTube channel