The situation in Ukraine is upsetting and concerning. Parish councillors’ thoughts and sympathy are with everyone who is affected. Some residents have been in touch asking how they might help the people of Ukraine. We would urge those wishing to help to donate and support the appeals that are being managed by UK charities. We have highlighted one below but there are many other appeals. It is for individuals to decide whom they wish to make donations. Unfortunately, Parish Councils by statute are prevented from making donations directly.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has a Ukraine appeal bringing together 15 leading aid charities. DEC charities are in Ukraine and neighbouring countries meeting the needs of all refugees and displaced people. DEC’s appeal can be found at their website, please click on the following link: https://www.dec.org.uk/how-you-can-help
In addition, the Government’s home for Ukraine schemes been launched and can be found at:
The Homes for Ukraine scheme will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety, including those with no family ties to the UK. Phase One of the scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.
The webpage enables individuals and organisations to register their interest and receive further information as the scheme is developed. There is an FAQ page at: