Support for Ukraine

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We have listed some of the ways you can support people in Ukraine, following the devastating attacks from Russia.

We link regularly with the national VCS Emergencies Partnership, who have detailed information on the situation on the ground. Donated goods arriving in Poland and elsewhere are a logistical problem. Wherever possible, we encourage people to make financial donations to already established funds. Some organisations are now arranging for donations to be kept locally to support the arrival of refugees in the UK.


The main organisations include:

The Disasters Emergency Committee has launched a Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. This is a partnership of 15 UK aid charities who are working with their local partners to provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance. The UK Government will match fund up to £20 million donated by the public.

The British Red Cross has launched an appeal to help the Ukrainian Red Cross 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.

The UNHCR Refugee Agency is funding emergency shelters, repairs for homes damaged by shelling, emergency cash assistance, psychological support and warm clothing

Unicef, the UN's children's charity, is helping to ensure families have clean water and food and that child health and protection services continue

Save the Children is providing cash assistance, food and other support to refugees crossing into Romanian and Lithuania, as well as in Ukraine itself.


Local donation collection points:

The information on where to drop off physical donations is being added to regularly, please check the links below for more information on what is being accepted at each venue.

BBC Radio Newcastle has produced a detailed list of collection points in the North East.

Newcastle City Council Website

Gateshead Council Website


Local appeal:

Two Newcastle Councillors have set up a local donation page to raise funds to take trucks of supplies directly to Ukraine.


Homes for Ukraine:

The government scheme, Homes for Ukraine, will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK from Ukraine 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 there is 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.


Scams and cyber crime:

Scammers will take advantage of the Ukrainian crisis. There are new reports of scammers taking advantage of those wishing to help and donate to the Ukrainian crisis. Read about what to look out for in the latest update from the North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

The National Cyber Security Centre also lists actions your organisation should take when the cyber threat is heightened.


Further information:

The Charity Commission has produced a new set of guidance for charities and trustees, covering the most commonly asked questions. 

British Red Cross has produced a useful information sheet for Ukrainian nationals arriving in the UK to help them understand their rights and find out about services they can access. This is available in Ukrainian from their website, along with further information and a help line (interpreters available).

NCVO has shared a blog about how charities and civil society can support Ukraine. It details campaigns, grassroots action and how to prepare for the potential impacts of war on your own organisation.

City of Sanctuary has produced a web page listing a number of different ways you can support the people of Ukraine, including the main charities, petitions, where to find reliable news and tips on self-care.

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