As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in the Ukraine, the swift action of the VCSE supporting local communities to provide storage spaces, collection of supplies, volunteers, coordination, organising transportation and often delivering support to those affected, has once again been a testament to the power of Community Voluntary Action.
We are encouraging those within our networks to support the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
More than half a million people have fled their homes to escape conflict in Ukraine. Leaving behind jobs, belongings and loved ones, they need shelter, food and water.
Visit the DEC website to find out more about how it brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently.
• £10 could provide essential hygiene supplies for one person for one month
• £20 could provide emergency food for one person for one month
• £30 could provide essential hygiene supplies for three people for one month
• £50 could provide blankets for 4 families [to keep them warm]
• £100 could provide emergency food for two families for one month
Visit the DEC website to donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
Support for refugees arriving from Ukraine to Northumberland
For those wanting to open up their homes and welcome refugees arriving from Ukraine to Northumberland, Homes for Ukraine have a sponsor toolkit online to guide you through the process.
Welcoming refugees into your home is not a small undertaking nor something you should go into without seriously considering what this might mean to you and those who you live with.
This toolkit and the resources contained in it are designed to give you an outline of the support that you might need to provide if you welcome refugees through the Homes for Ukraine programme.
Find the toolkit here:
Other useful websites to support you opening up your home:
- Introduction: hosting in rural locations (cityofsanctuary.org)
- Homes for Ukraine • Reset Communities and Refugees (resetuk.org)
- The Sanctuary Course (sanctuaryfoundation.org.uk)
- Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) visa data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)