REFUGEES who have come to Cheshire after fleeing the war in Ukraine will get a little taste of home at a special welcome event.

Northwich Artisan Market is hosting the event - organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council - between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, October 8.

Ukrainian guests in the borough, and their sponsors, will be able to get advice and support on work, welfare, skills, training, health and more.

There will also be cultural activities and food tasting as part of a celebration of Ukrainian culture. 

Councillor Samantha Dixon, leader’s champion for refugees, said: “The event in Northwich is a great opportunity for our Ukrainian guests and their sponsors to get advice on matters such as work, skills and welfare, and to find out where they can access support and training.

“We encourage all our residents to come along and get involved to sample tasty Ukrainian food and find out more about Ukrainian culture.”

The event will be attended by representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions to advise on work-related and welfare matters, and Cheshire West and Chester Workzones will be available to provide support for skills and training.

Community and voluntary organisations will also be on hand to offer advice and support to guests.

Councillor Louise Gittins, the council leader, said: “As a council we are proud to be playing our part in welcoming people from Ukraine and are incredibly grateful for the role that our communities are playing in helping refugees to settle here in our borough.

“These events are a great opportunity to foster that community spirit and togetherness and provide a continued warm welcome for our Ukrainian guests.”