On Friday (24 February), Norwich City Council will mark a year since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
City Hall will be lit up in blue and yellow over the weekend and the Ukrainian flag will continue to fly above the building – a reminder of Norwich’s solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “A year on from Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, the city continues to show our support to the people of Ukraine.
“Norwich has welcomed those fleeing the war and we remain committed to helping those in need. The city has hosted more than 200 people through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, with generous residents opening up their homes to help with support from the council.
“As we light up City Hall and raise the Ukrainian flag once more, we send a clear message of support, especially to those who have made our city their home.”
Since the war started on 24 February 2022, the city council has:
- Welcomed and supported 206 Ukrainian people through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, with 61 hosts currently hosting guests in their homes across the city.
- Employed two Ukrainian welfare officers in our community support team, who work with those who have arrived in Norwich and carry out regular welfare checks.
- Supported drop-in sessions at The Forum and the organisation Norfolk Polonia, which meets at West Earlham community centre – both of which provide assistance and advice for hosts and Ukrainian guests settling into life in Norwich.
- Given the Freedom of the City of Norwich to the Ukrainian cities of Lviv and Odesa – both, like Norwich, are recognised UNESCO Cities of Literature.
On Friday 24 February, a church service will be held at The Church of St Peter Mancroft in support of Ukrainians and a national one-minute silence will be observed at 11am. On Saturday 25 February, a peaceful rally against the war will take place in the centre of Norwich.
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