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Ukraine support

This page has been created to signpost to the various support groups, organisations and information supporting Ukraine. This is a fast moving situation and we will be updating this page regularly as more information coms available.

We are currently advocating that anyone who wants to help support the people affected by the Ukraine crisis do so via the routes detailed below.

West Oxfordshire donation centre

Working with local partners we set up a donation centre for essential supplies to be sent to those impacted by the crisis is Ukraine. After the amazing response we collected 1750 boxes which weighed 40 tonnes. The centre has now closed and we would encourage anyone now looking to make a donation to donate to the DEC appeal listed below.

Providing accommodation for refugees - 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme

The Government has launched its "Homes for Ukraine" scheme being led by The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Under the scheme people in the UK will be able to nominate an individual or family to stay with them rent-free, or in another property, for at least six months.

Charities, businesses and community groups will also be able to apply with households offered £350 a month to help support the refugees. Checks will be made on all hosts by the Government and Ukrainian applicants will also undergo security checks. Ukrainians welcomed into this scheme will be eligible to work, access state benefits and public services for three years.

The local Oxfordshire councils are currently working together to prepare support for any refugees (and supporting households) that come to West Oxfordshire via this scheme. More information on local support will be published shortly on the County Council website as we receive guidance from Government.

This scheme is currently the only way and individual or community can support a Ukrainian refugee with accommodation and the only way a Ukrainian refugee can enter the country as specified by Government.

To find out more about the scheme you can visit the links on the Government website:

City of Sanctuary are an organisation helping to build a more welcoming UK for people forced to flee their homes. They work with individuals, groups and organisations. They are now running virtual events to support Homes for Ukraine scheme, which are open to all. Follow this link for more information about City of Sanctuary - https://cityofsanctuary.org/

Information for those affected and family members

If you are a family member of someone directly affected you can find more information on the links below:

Information on UK Visa support for Ukrainian nationals is here: Guidance on support available to Ukrainian nationals and their family members.

Information on the UK family scheme and applying for a visa is here: Guidance for family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme.

Barnardo’s free helpline to support Ukrainian families

Barnardo’s has set up the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service. The helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Barnardo’s free helpline (0800 148 8586) is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, to offer support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine.

The helpline is open Monday – Friday (10:00am – 8:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am – 3:00pm). Callers will be able to get help and advice on a range of topics.

A dedicated email address ukrainiansupport@barnardos.org.uk and webpage have also been set up for those assisting with the Ukraine response.

More information: https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/helping-families/ukrainian-helpline

How to provide donations

A number of organisations have set up appeals for help for those caught up in this situation. These organisations are providing humanitarian support for people in the Ukraine. We are asking people not to try and send clothing or physical donations and instead provide a financial donation directly to the charities below. 

The main appeal being run by the UK’s Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) is the one the Government is encouraging people to donate to so the funds can be shared across a range of charities. You can donate and find out more about the appeal by visiting the Disaster Emergency Committee website.

There are also other organisations working to support the people of Ukraine, some of which are included in the DEC appeal:

  • The British Red Cross - support people in this conflict by supplying shelter, medicines, water, food and clothes
  • Unicef - deliver life saving programmes to children along with water to heavily affected areas of war.
  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) - work with local authorities in Ukraine to provide assistance for refugees
  • Oxfam - People can donate through the website or in their shops

Please be safe online when donating money to support Ukraine. Ensure that you research any organisation or website that asks for money before submitting your payment details.

If you have any enquiries you can contact us on Ukraine.support@westoxon.gov.uk