Marking Ukraine Independence Day
Residents in South Tyneside are being urged to show their support for Ukraine this Wednesday (24 August) as the Borough marks Ukraine Independence Day.
The day, which marks 31 years since declaring independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, falls exactly six months since Russia's invasion.
South Shields Town Hall will be lit up in Ukraine's national colours and its flag will be flown.
People can show their support for the national campaign by posting a video or photo of themselves with a sunflower - Ukraine's national flower - using #SunflowersForUkraine #StandforFreedom
Councillor Ruth Berkley, Lead Member for the Voluntary Sector, Partnerships and Equalities, said: "The people of Ukraine have seen their homeland destroyed while families have lost loved ones or have been forced to flee their country.
"I would encourage people to get behind this national campaign and wish the people of Ukraine well on their Independence Day. Sunflowers are a symbol of hope and I am sure we all hope for more peaceful days ahead."
At present South Tyneside has welcomed 50 Ukrainian guests supported by 24 hosts. The Council's Asylum, Migrant and Refugee Team continues to work closely with the voluntary sector and provides ongoing support to those coming into the Borough to ensure a successful transition and integration. The Council also works closely with South Tyneside Asylum Seekers and Refugees Church Help (STARCH) and provided space at 16 Barrington Street where volunteers were able to collect, sort and distribute donated items.