Support for Ukraine
What we are doing and how you can help.
We have great sympathy for refugees from the conflicts in Ukraine. We'll be working closely with Essex County Council and other agencies to accommodate and support refugees who may be re-settled in Essex.
This is an emerging situation which we will need to respond to.
There are both national and local organisations co-ordinating help for refugees from the Ukraine crisis.
You can find out about local initiatives and ways to offer help and support on the Essex is United for Ukraine Facebook page. This has been set up by Essex County Council to help you get in touch with organisations across Essex who are supporting humanitarian efforts through donations and fundraising.
Essex Chambers of Commerce has published some resources for people and businesses who want to help the people of Ukraine.
Donate money and essential items
If you want to donate money, there are a number of charities providing humanitarian relief in Ukraine.
We would advise you to only donate to registered charities and trusted schemes to make sure your money is safe and being used effectively. You can find out about all registered charities on the Charity Commission website.
The government has agreed to match donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal. They will be matching any public donations pound-for-pound up to £25 million.
Other charities include:
- The Red Cross has set up the Ukraine Crisis Appeal, which is requesting donations to respond to humanitarian needs through food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes and shelter
- Unicef has set up a specific fund to protect children in Ukraine
- The UN refugee agency helps refugees fleeing situations of war and has a specific collection for Ukraine
- Care International is running an emergency appeal to provide emergency food and water
- The Ukrainian Embassy has set up a special fund to support Ukraine
The government's Homes for Ukraine scheme allows people living in the UK to sponsor a named Ukrainian national or family to come to live in the UK with them, providing they have suitable accommodation to offer.
For more information about the scheme and how to apply, go to the apply for a visa under the Homes for Ukraine scheme on GOV.UK.
You can find questions and answers on the Homes for Ukraine scheme on GOV.UK.
Essex County Council have also put together some information for sponsors welcoming a Ukrainian person or family.
'Thank you' payment
The government is offering an optional 'thank you' payment of £350 per month to people who can accommodate one or more guests. The payments will be backdated to when the guests first arrive, paid monthly in arrears.
The first payment will be made once all checks have been passed, including home and welfare checks.
Essex County Council will be processing the payments as quickly as possible. They will be contacting sponsors shortly to discuss payment details.
If you have a query about the payment, you will need to contact Essex County Council.
Email BusinessSupport.FamilyOps@essex.gov.uk or call 0345 603 7627 and ask to speak to the Homes for Ukraine team.
Welcome to Essex packs for sponsors and guests
We've worked with Essex County Council to put together an information pack for sponsors and guests taking part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
You can find the welcome pack for sponsors in Uttlesford on essex.gov.uk.
You can find the welcome pack for guests in Uttlesford on essex.gov.uk.
The government has issued some guidance for everyone wants to do their bit to support those who have been forced to flee their homes because of the invasion. You can find out more about Ukraine: what you can do to help on GOV.UK.
Refugee Action, a national charity, has put together some guidance on how you can:
- donate to support people directly impacted by the war in Ukraine
- donate goods
- host a refugee in your home
- find immigration advice for Ukrainians affected by the war
- start fundraising to support refugees
There is more information on how you can help and the Ukraine refugee crisis on the Refugee Action website.
If you have a query about the community or any facilities in Uttlesford, or require a referral to other agencies, please contact the Uttlesford Community Response Hub.
Additional support is also available through the Essex Wellbeing Service website or by calling 0300 303 9988.
More information on the government response to the invasion of Ukraine on GOV.UK.
The government has also produced Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK. The guide is available in Ukrainian and Russian languages.