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How you can help Ukraine

by Gemma Melling

People around the world are horrified by the scenes coming out of Ukraine, and the developing situation is leaving thousands of people in desperate need of vital, lifesaving aid.

The Government has announced a “Homes for Ukraine programme” which allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to offer a room or home to Ukrainian refugees.

Someone is eligible for the scheme if they are a Ukrainian national or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national and were resident in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022.

People arriving under this scheme will be able to:

  • Live and work in the UK for up to three years
  • Access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition.

Members of the public can nominate a named Ukrainian person/family to stay with them.

Find out more via the Homes For Ukraine website

Donations

If you’d like to help, the most effective action you can take is to make a financial donation to one of the following charities.

Cash donations are by far the quickest, safest, and most direct way to help people. A cash donation enables things to be sourced locally, and for items to be transported quickly.

Any amount you can give will go a long way to helping those in need.

There are various organisations working to support people from Ukraine. You could choose to support any of the following:

  • Disaster Emergency Committee has launched a Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to support DEC charities and their local partners in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to help provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance. The UK Government will match pound-for-pound up to £20 million donated by the public to this appeal.
  • UNHCR is urgently upscaling relief operations across Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to support fleeing civilians. Urgent needs include shelter, relief items such as blankets, and specialist protection – all rely on voluntary donations.
  • Save The Children has launched a Ukraine appeal in support of children and families that are in danger across the region. The charity is working to distribute essential supplies and winter kits of clothing and blankets, as well as providing cash and voucher assistance to families, offering mental health and psychosocial support and providing access to education.
  • International Rescue Committee is raising funds to help provide medical care, emergency food and other critical aid to families affected by conflict. They are working with local partners in Poland and Ukraine, to quickly mobilise resources that will provide lifesaving support to people forced to flee their homes.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross is working alongside its partners in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to save and protect the lives of victims of the conflict in Ukraine.
  • British Red Cross is calling for donations to the Disaster Emergency Committee appeal in support of humanitarian aid charities. Currently, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), together with fellow Red Cross National Societies in border countries, are working to get vital help to those impacted by this crisis.
  • Choose Love is working to get urgent support to the organisations stepping up to provide vital aid and services to those still in and fleeing the country. This includes emergency medical care, food, shelter, clothes, legal support, support for the LGBTQIA+ community and mental health support.
  • British Ukrainian Aid supports people suffering from the war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine by aligning UK and Ukrainian efforts. They offer assistance to vulnerable individuals who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged, including the injured and wounded, orphaned children, the elderly, internally displaced persons and families who have lost their main earners.
  • Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) is working with accredited and registered Ukrainian charities to provide medicines, food and critical services to support the most vulnerable to overcome the consequences and trauma of war.
  • With Ukraine Global Support Fund is a special fund to support Ukraine set up by the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK.
  • Humanity & Inclusion UK (HI UK) has deployed a team of emergency experts to Ukraine and neighbouring countries to assess the humanitarian situation. Our priority is to assist the most vulnerable affected populations, including injured people, people with disabilities, elderly people and those with chronic illnesses.
  • Work Rights Centre provides advice in Ukrainian and other Eastern European languages. Their Ukrainian team member focuses on supporting vulnerable migrants on seasonal worker visas, and others who can escape the conflict and come to the UK using the EU Settlement Scheme. The Work Rights Centre also helps vulnerable migrants access employment protection and social security in the UK.
  • East European Resource Centre provides information, advice and support to people from Central and Eastern Europe. Their services are open for people seeking to join their family members in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme, and will shortly launch a dedicated programme to support Ukrainians coming to and in the UK.
  • Settled provides free multilingual information, advice and support in different languages to EU citizens in the UK. Their services are open to people seeking to join the family members in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme. They are accredited to give immigration advice up to OISC 3. Services are being expanded to meet the needs of Ukrainians coming to and in the UK.

Sign Knowsley’s Book of Solidarity

If you would like to capture your thoughts and send your well wishes to those caught up in the conflict, you can leave a public message in our online Book of Solidarity with Ukraine.