2nd October 2023
Sitges News

Sitges Town Council prepares to coordinate arrival of Ukrainian refugees

Individuals, entities or companies that wish to collaborate in the process of receiving Ukrainian refugees in Sitges must do so in coordination with the Department of Civil Rights of Sitges Town Council.

The council is appealing to all people who speak Ukrainian or Russian, as well as to companies that can offer jobs, and to house or flat owners who are able to let them out to house refugees. All these offers of help must be managed through a form that has been created by the Town Council specifically for this function.

The Mayor of Sitges, Aurora Carbonell, said that she ‘is grateful for all the support she has received’ and that ‘once again, Sitges is showing its most supportive side’. The mayor said that ‘people who want to collaborate must do so through the Town Council as an official body, as it is necessary to guarantee the reception network for people who need shelter and to offer a correct and coordinated operation’.

Families also caring for refugee children through friendships and family ties should also contact the Civil Rights Department where the child’s schooling and other needs will be managed.

The local councillor for social rights, citizenship and equality, Júlia Vigó, said that ‘the solidarity actions of the citizens must be conveyed through official bodies’ and, above all, emphasised the importance of joining forces in order ‘to provide a comprehensive and orderly response’.

As an emergency measure, Aurora Carbonell said that the council ‘has created a working group made up of different departments in order to coordinate all the actions to be carried out by the municipality’. In addition, various agreements have already been reached with local establishments in order to provide a first response for urgent accommodation.

She said that ‘we are also in contact with the Ministry of Equality, which will be coordinating the mass accommodation of people fleeing from the conflict’.

The Sitges Town Council has also prepared a ‘reception circuit’ to help to all those who are expected to arrive in Sitges, with access to the various resources managed by both the council and the town’s entities. The ‘reception circuit’ covers needs such as legal advice, psychological support and access to basic services such as schooling for children, as well as adult education. The process will be adapted to the arrival of new refugees to respond to the needs that are required.

The telephone number of the Sitges Civil Rights office to offer support or services is: 93 811 31 80. Email is: poblaciorefugiada@sitges.cat. You can also click here for further information.

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