Supporting people in the Ukraine

 

We live in troubling times. Often this can bring out the best in people.

 

Through the pandemic, AVA was inundated with volunteers stepping up to help others in the community. Once again, people are asking us how they can help, so we have put together information on the different ways you can help people in the Ukraine . 

 

 

Get crocheting - Ashfield Voluntary Action is raising money for the Ukraine by selling handmade crocheted sunflowers. So if you can crochet and would like to do your bit to help, please contact us on 01623 555 551 for one of our special free crochet sets which include a pattern, wool and instructions. All money raised goes to the Ukraine to provide essential supplies.

 

Local initiatives - one local transport company; Taylors Transport in Huthwaite arranged to take a lorry container full of much-needed supplies to the Ukraine. The local response was so good that they ended up taking eight containers full and had plenty of helpers coming forward to lend a hand. Keep an eye on our website and we will let you know of any other local efforts to help the people of the Ukraine.    

 

Supporting charities - there are a number of national Charities supporting the Ukranian people; and in a single week the British Public raised over £150 million in aid. If you are in a position to help, you can donate to any of the charities listed by clicking on their names which will take you straight to their websites. You can also make a donation at your local Post Office. 

 

  • The DEC Ukraine appeal (Disaster Emergency Committee) - an umbrella group for 15 of the UK's leading aid charities, is also running an appeal, donations to which will be doubled by the government up to a total of £20 million.
  • The Refugee Council - supporting refugees fleeing violence and conflict helping people to settle and rebuild their lives in our communities. 
  • The British Red Cross - has launched an appeal to provide food medicine, clothing and shelter, as well as first aid training in bomb shelters and, in the last few days, 15,000 litres of drinking water to villages in eastern Ukraine.
  • Save the Children Ukraine Appeal providing cash assistance, food and other support to refugees crossing into Romanian and Lithuania, as well as in Ukraine itself.
  • UNHCR Refugee Agency - funding emergency shelters, repairs for homes damaged by shelling, emergency cash assistance, psychological support and warm clothing
  • UNICEF - helping to ensure families have clean water and food and that child health and protection services continue.

 

Homes for Ukraine Scheme - the government launched a new scheme on the 14th March which will allow you to offer space in your home to host Ukranians fleeing the war. You must agree to host someone for a minimum of six months and checks will be carried out to ensure that the space and situation is appropriate. You will be paid £350 a month for the first year to support the cost of additional heating and other costs (regardless of how many people you accomodate). However, you will have to find your own refugee to sponsor. For more information, or to register your interest on the portal, please click HERE to go to the government's website. 

 

Update from Bassetlaw CVS - Bassetlaw CVS attended a national VCSE meeting which included various government department representatives.

 

The outcomes of this meeting have been summarised below:

 

  • National guidance and process for sponsorship and matching are being developed by the Government – details to follow by end of week and this information will flow through local authorities. There has been a big ask of VCSE sector support at a local level with matching and wraparound support, details to be confirmed in due course.
  • Ukrainian refugees will start to arrive in the UK as part of the resettlement scheme next week – and will initially be sent to reception centres at points of entry.
  • The government is still working through the details of hosting/sponsorship scheme – but it sounds as though coordination and funding will be devolved to local authorities.
  • National government strongly encourages cash donations to (genuine – there are some scams circulating) charities – not food, clothes or other ‘stuff’ at this stage - this is already creating significantly logistical problems at every level and is not helpful whatever the very good intentions of UK citizens. There will be a campaign and standard messaging soon to get out through all channels.

 

Ashfield Voluntary Action will continue to keep you updated. So please check back, as additional information will be posted online as it becomes available.

 

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