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Ukraine support

This page has been created to signpost to the various support groups, organisations and information supporting Ukraine. This is a fast moving situation and we will be updating this page regularly as more information becomes available.

We are currently advocating that anyone who wants to help support the people affected by the Ukraine crisis do so via the routes detailed below.

You can read our Council Leader's statement responding to the situation in Ukraine here

Homes for Ukraine scheme

The Government's "Homes for Ukraine" scheme - led by The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities - enables people in the UK to nominate an individual or family to stay with them rent-free, or in another property, for at least six months.

Charities, businesses and community groups will also be able to apply with households offered £350 a month to help support the refugees. Checks will be made on all hosts by the Government and Ukrainian applicants will also undergo security checks. Ukrainians welcomed into this scheme will be eligible to work, access state benefits and public services for three years.

The local Gloucestershire councils are working together to provide support for any guests and sponsors in the Forest of Dean. 

Information on local support for guests and sponsors is available on the Gloucestershire County Council website.

This scheme is currently the only way an individual or community can support a Ukrainian refugee with accommodation and the only way a Ukrainian refugee can enter the country as specified by the Government.

To find out more about the scheme you can visit the links on the Government website:

City of Sanctuary are an organisation helping to build a more welcoming UK for people forced to flee their homes. They work with individuals, groups and organisations. They are now running virtual events to support the Homes for Ukraine scheme, which are open to all:

Information for those affected and family members

If you are a family member of someone directly affected you can find more information on the links below:

Barnardo’s free helpline to support Ukrainian families

Barnardo’s has set up the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service. The helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Barnardo’s free helpline (0800 148 8586) is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, to offer support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine.

The helpline is open Monday – Friday (10:00am – 8:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am – 3:00pm). Callers will be able to get help and advice on a range of topics.

A dedicated email address and webpage have also been set up for those assisting with the Ukraine response:

Providing donations

A number of organisations have set up appeals for help for those caught up in this situation. These organisations are providing humanitarian support for people in the Ukraine. We are asking people not to try and send clothing or physical donations and instead provide a financial donation directly to the charities below. 

The main appeal being run by the UK’s Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) is the one the Government is encouraging people to donate to so the funds can be shared across a range of charities. You can donate and find out more about the appeal by visiting the Disaster Emergency Committee website.

There are also other organisations working to support the people of Ukraine, some of which are included in the DEC appeal:

  • The British Red Cross - support people in this conflict by supplying shelter, medicines, water, food and clothes
  • Unicef - deliver life saving programmes to children along with water to heavily affected areas of war
  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) - work with local authorities in Ukraine to provide assistance for refugees
  • Oxfam - people can donate through the website or in their shops

For local donations you can donate to Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers who will be providing support to Ukrainian and other refugees coming into Gloucestershire. Visit their website for more information.

Please be safe online when donating money to support Ukraine. Ensure that you research any organisation or website that asks for money before submitting your payment details.

If you have any enquiries you can contact us at