Voluntary sector support for Ukraine

As the crisis in Ukraine intensifies, voluntary organisations and volunteers are rallying around to provide support. Here’s an overview of what’s being done at present and the best ways to offer support.

The situation unfolding in Ukraine has been heart-breaking to watch. As with all humanitarian crises, the voluntary sector has been and will continue to be ready to support those in need. From raising funds, to lobbying government, supporting refugees and so much more.

However, as the situation continues to unfold with so many uncertainties, many individuals and organisations will be considering what they can do to support the people of Ukraine in a meaningful way.

FUNDRAISING AND DONATIONS

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have launched an appeal for cash donations.

Many of the groups we’ve spoken to are clear that cash donations are preferable to donations of goods at this time. Some places have reported that they now have more physical donations than they can manage. The cost and logistics of getting those supplies where they are needed means that cash donations can go a lot further.

Financial donations are the quickest and most efficient way of getting much needed supplies (such as food, medicine, and clothing) and support to those who have had to flee their homes.

The UK government have pledged to match pound-for-pound donations raised by the public for this appeal up to £20 million.

Charities Aid Foundation have published this guide on what UK charities are currently running appeals for donations.

HELP AND SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES

As a nation of sanctuary, Wales will welcome Ukrainian refugees. Discussions are ongoing to arrange support such as housing for refugees arriving in the country. Welsh Government have provided guidance for immediate family members of British Nationals normally living in Ukraine who intend to apply for a visa under the Family Migration route as well as signposting a helpline for family members of Ukrainians who are currently living in the UK.

Welsh Refugee Council are also sharing information and an appeal for donations to support Ukrainian refugees.

As discussions continue we will update this article with further information on supporting refugees arriving in Wales as it becomes available.

RAISING YOUR VOICE

Many voluntary organisations, volunteers and community groups have been demonstrating solidarity with Ukraine by raising their voices outside the Senedd, lobbying for peace, and hosting inter-faith Vigils. As the distress of the War intensifies, the voluntary sector and community groups are also working to reduce tensions and anti-Russian sentiments.

The Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA) have also provided an overview of policy and action in Wales as well as signposting to reliable information sources.

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