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Ukraine support

Please find below a list of articles and resources to support Ukraine and Ukrainians, and a couple of articles which discuss the potential impact of the crisis, following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia:ukraine

Appeals / Donations

Greater Manchester Community Response Fund: Ukraine Crisis – This fund is organised by a partnership of Greater Manchester charitable support bodies to help local community organisations provide welcome and support for people who arrive here, working alongside local authorities and those who are offering to accommodate people arriving from Ukraine. All donations received will be split equally – with 50% going to the hardship fund and 50% going towards local organisations that are working to make a practical difference.

DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal – The UK Government will match pound-for-pound up to £20 million donated by the public to this appeal

UK-Med's Ukraine Appeal – UK-Med is a humanitarian healthcare charity based out of the University of Manchester. UK-Med currently have a health assessment team in Poland, working with partners to anticipate the emergency health needs caused by the unfolding crisis. UK-Med have launched their emergency appeal  which has been backed by Andy Burnham and Manchester Chamber of Commerce. UK-Med has more than 25 years-experience responding to health emergencies around the world and drawing from a register of nearly 1000 NHS and international health experts, and are ready to respond to the crisis unfolding in Europe.

Europia's fundraiser for Ukraine – Europia is raising funds to support Ukrainians, both those in the country and refugees in Poland, Romania and Moldova. The funds raised will be divided equally between Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and Romania to support civil society organisations working on the ground.

Manchester Ukraine Welcome Fund – We Love MCR Charity has partnered with Manchester City Council on this fundraising appeal which aims to raise funds which will be shared with charities and community groups with huge experience of supporting refugees and Ukrainian communities on the ground in Manchester.

British Red Cross Appeal The donations will help the British Red Cross provide food, water, medicines, first aid, warm clothes and shelter

Manchester Evening News article on where to drop off donations

Valarie Kaur Donate to Ukraine – This is a document of links to not for profit and charitable foundations (US source)

Homes for Ukraine
This bespoke scheme from the UK Government will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for those forced to escape their homeland. Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but we have a minimum expectation of 6 months. Someone is eligible for the scheme if they are a Ukrainian national (or an immediate family member of one) and were resident in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022. Become a sponsor

Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK

Homes for Ukraine: factsheet for Ukrainians

Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions

Q&A YouTube video with the Home Office on the Ukraine visa process

Homes for Ukraine Sponsor Toolkit

Charity Translators – Ukraine-related language support (including volunteer opportunities)


Ukranian Cultural Centre Manchester Facebook page

Transport for Greater Manchester  – Transport operators in Greater Manchester are working together to support Ukrainian arrivals by offering them free onward travel to their final destinations in the UK. All Ukrainian nationals will be able to access free travel on Metrolink, all National Rail services and most bus and coach services in the city-region for up to 48 hours after arriving in the UK. Access to services requires a Ukrainian passport and a boarding pass or ticket showing an arrival date in the UK. For travel onwards from Greater Manchester, all National Rail train operators, and the majority of bus and coach services in England, Scotland, and Wales are also providing this support. More information about this scheme and wider support can be found here

Vodafone free sims to Charities supporting Ukrainian refugees – Vodafone are offering free connectivity to 200,000 refugees arriving in the UK from Ukraine with their charities.connected initiative. UK charities supporting Ukrainian refugees can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data a month for six months, plus unlimited calls and texts.

Barnardo’s have launched a free helpline, 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 (10am-8pm) and Saturday (10am-3pm). Callers will be able to get help and advice on a range of issues to help them build a brighter future. This will include:  

  • Advice on a range of issues (e.g. housing, accessing key health services, education, employment and more)
  • Links to their local Ukrainian Cultural Centre through the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain
  • Practical support including access to digital devices, toys for children, baby items and food bank vouchers
  • Therapy with a qualified psychotherapist delivered via the phone or online, with access to interpreters (therapy available around the end of March 2022)

If you know of anyone who may need support, please do share the helpline number: 0800 148 8586

Ukranian Institute, London What can you do to support Ukraine and Ukrainians?
This article includes suggestions for donations, demonstrations of support, and information outlets and journalists to follow

Bolton CVS Resources to support Ukraine
This page will currently take you to a link for the Association of Ukranians in Great Britain

BBC guide Ukraine help: What can people in the UK do?

BBC NewsroundSupport to explain the difficult concepts associated with the conflict – news delivery designed for children and young people

BBC Newsround Video advice for children and young people if they are upset by the news

The GuardianA delicate balance: experts’ tips on dealing with Ukraine anxiety in children

Department for EducationHelp for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation

ChildlineWorries about the world

Education WeekHow to talk with students about the Russia-Ukraine War

Family EducationTalking with children about war and violence in the world

Potential impact

Charity Finance Group Russia-Ukraine: Some initial thoughts for charities
Clare Mills, CFG's Director of Policy and Communications, shares her initial thoughts on the escalating Russia-Ukraine situation and the potential impact the crisis could have on the sector

NCVO How charities and civil society can support Ukraine