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As children in Curry Rivel prepare to welcome their new classmates, attention is turning to providing the services and facilities that will help them and their families settle quickly. There are nearly 50 guests of varying ages already in the area or in the pipeline, having matched with their host sponsors. It is good to know that we live in such a caring community.

The first priority is to improve their English. Many, particularly adults, have no English at all, so Route54 has set up a basic English course with help from Somerset Skills and Learning which starts on 10th May at West Street Church, Somerton. Sadly it is already oversubscribed and has quite a long waiting list. Route54 is looking to organise other courses in other venues and at varying times to fit around learning and employment.

It is also important to have the opportunity to speak English in normal/informal situations using community volunteers rather than professional teachers. Anyone who feels this is something they can help with can contact Ivor Dixon at or 07976 308302.

Homes for Ukraine – Taunton Hosts ( facebook ) is supporting a drive to provide 'Pantry Packers' for newly arrived Ukrainian guests. As food will mostly be provided by hosts, this is not to be confused with the Curry Rivel, Drayton and Hambridge Foodbank which continues to support local families. These are additional items, the current wish list being;

  • Coffee/Tea/Granulated Sugar
  • Lip Balm/Emery Boards
  • Ladies Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Face wipes
  • Ladies and gents razors and Shaving foam
  • Sanitary pads (not Tampons) for younger women
  • Waterproof plasters
  • Paracetamol/Ibuprofen/Infant suspension (i.e Calpol)
  • Boys Shampoo and Shower Gel
  • Ladies Socks (New only)
  • Pocket size note books
  • Boys colouring/activity books (5-12)
  • A4/A5 spiral bound note books (for 12+)
  • Pencil cases for secondary age children
  • Fidget toys
  • Sunflower Keyrings
  • Packets of Sunflower seeds (Not Russian Giants!)

Most of these items are available from Homes for Ukraine's Amazon Wish List (click here ) and will be delivered direct.

You can personally deliver donations to;
Compass Wellbeing, Unit 7, Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH, open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Be sure your continued support is very much appreciated.

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