Bolton has marked a milestone in the town’s efforts to help people fleeing the war in Ukraine.

A year on from the launch of the Homes for Ukraine scheme, more than 116,000 Ukrainians have been housed in the UK.

Bolton, which is home to a long established Ukrainian community, has celebrated the part the borough has played to mark the year long milestone.

A Bolton Council statement said: “It’s been a year since the Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched!

“Thanks to the generosity of thousands of people here in the UK and Bolton, over 116,000 Ukrainians arrived safely in the UK under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

“Across Bolton, extraordinary people are transforming the lives of those who have fled the war in Ukraine, by offering a place in their own home and support in their community.”

The homes for Ukraine initiative is open to any Ukranian national or sponsor in the UK looking to rehouse people fleeing from the Russian invasion that launched last year.

The scheme in Bolton can be accessed under the health and care section on Bolton Council’s website.

Anyone who wants to find out more about the scheme can call 01204 336005 between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.