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Craigavon and Newry chosen to offer advice centres for Ukrainian refugees

Those attending will be able to access help and information on issues including health, education, jobs, benefits, housing and immigration on a weekly basis

Brownlow Community Hub in Craigavon and Newry Leisure Centre have been chosen as two of four new regional centres to offer assistance to Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in Northern Ireland.

Arrangements have now been put in place for the opening of the Ukraine Assistance Centres, and with advice available on key services.

Those attending will be able to access help and information on issues including health, education, jobs, benefits, housing and immigration.

This will be available at the four centres which will operate on a weekly basis between 9.30am and 4pm.

Those attending will need to bring ID and proof of the scheme under which they are registered.

Operating times are as follows:

Monday April 11: Belfast City Council; Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BP

Tuesday April 12; Newry, Mourne & Down District Council; Newry Leisure Centre, 60 Cecil Street, Newry BT35 6AU

Wednesday, April 13; Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council; Brownlow Community Hub, 7 Brownlow Road, Craigavon BT65 5DL

Thursday, April 14; Mid and East Antrim Borough Council; The Braid, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena BT43 5EJ

Friday, April 15: Belfast City Council; Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BP.

Arrangements for the assistance centres will be kept under review in response to the demand for services.

It should be noted that the Belfast Centre will not be open on Easter Monday, April 18.

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