Ukrainian refugee support

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.
 

What you can do to help  

There are both national and local organisations co-ordinating help for refugees from the Ukraine crisis.

Local help

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:

Apply to be a sponsor

The government is launching the Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine, which allows you to sponsor a Ukrainian who does not have family in the UK.

The government will match you or your charity, business or community group to a Ukrainian so they can come to the UK.

Sponsors who provide homes or a spare room rent-free for six months or longer will receive £350 per month.

You can find questions and answers on how the Homes for Ukraine scheme will work on GOV.UK.

Essex County Council have also put together some information for sponsors welcoming a Ukrainian person or family.

Welcome to Essex packs for sponsors

We've worked with Essex County Council to put together an information pack for sponsors taking part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

You can find the welcome pack for sponsors in Uttlesford on essex.gov.uk.
 

Other ways to help

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.
 

Statement from Uttlesford District Council

We in Uttlesford stand ready to play our fair share, both as the local authority and as a population. We have urged the government to step up and put in place a national resettlement scheme at the earliest opportunity.

We have issued a statement of support for Ukraine refugees which has been sent to Rt Hon Priti Patel MP Home Secretary.
 

Further information

For any further information and advice the government has issued a guide to UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals and and the Ukraine Family Scheme.

If you need any further information from us, please email uconnect@uttlesford.gov.uk or telephone 01799 510510.

More information on the government response to the invasion of Ukraine on GOV.UK.