How to receive a refugee and where to donate clothes, items or money



The UK is relaxation of its strict access requirements to Ukrainian refugeesallowing those with passports apply online and submit fingerprints and face verification after arriving in the UK.

A system is also being set up to allow citizens to house refugees.

The government had been heavily criticized for its handling of Ukraine’s refugee crisis, giving access to only a fraction of tens of thousands of applicants.

Many went to Calais only to find that they were not able to apply for a visa thereand the one center that was created ended up being 30 miles outside of Lille.

Home Secretary Priti Patel told the House of Commons: “In short, Ukrainians with passports will be able to get permission to come here fully online, wherever they are, and will be able to give their biometrics once in the UK.

“This will mean that visa application centers across Europe can focus their efforts on helping Ukrainians without passports.”

How to help Ukrainian refugees.

How can I house a Ukrainian refugee?

The government is establishing a scheme that allows members of the public to house Ukrainian refugees without family ties in Britain.

These refugees will be eligible to work, access state services and public services.

Individuals, charities, businesses and community groups will all be able to apply online or by phone to house a refugee and offer employment.

People will be examined before being approved, and must agree to house the refugee for a certain period of time.

Details of the sponsorship scheme will be revealed on Sunday, March 13, with Community Secretary Michael Gove making a statement on Monday.

More about Russia-Ukraine war

Where can I donate money?

Here is a list of organizations you can donate to help Ukrainians affected by the war:

Unicef

UnicefThe United Nations Humanitarian Aid, focusing on child welfare, accepts donations to ensure that every displaced child receives the health, nutrition and water they deserve to sustain them.

UNHCR

UN High Commissioner for Refugees has issued an emergency call to send more resources, staff and assistance to Ukraine’s neighbors, who are receiving hundreds of thousands of refugees.

# Help Ukraine emergency call

Created earlier this month by the Association of Ukrainians in the UK, the appeal raises funds to provide accredited and registered Ukrainian charities with medicine, food and vital services. Donations can also pay for blankets, hygiene packages and trauma counseling.

British Red Cross

That British Red Crossthat Ukrainian Red Cross Society and the International Committee of the Red Cross has promised to respond to existing and new humanitarian needs. Your donation box will help those affected get food, water, medicine, first aid, warm clothes and shelter.

Children’s voices

Voices of Children helps children affected by the war in Ukraine by providing psychological and psychosocial support. Instructions on how to donate to its programs, such as art therapy, mobile psychologists and individual help for families, are available on its website here.

Save the kids

Save the Children has launched one emergency fund where donations will go to important humanitarian aid, psychological support for children, winter and hygiene kits, educational access and cash grants for families.

Razom

Razom is a non-profit Ukrainian-American human rights organization. Donations to its appeal will support the delivery of essential goods, the translation of important documents and sources, the sharing of vital information and the placement of volunteers on site.

Resurrected soldiers from Ukraine

Resurrected soldiers from Ukraine provides humanitarian and medical assistance to soldiers and their families and those affected by military conflict.

Where can I donate clothes?

People have sat up donation points for things like clothes and blankets up and down the country.

To find one near you, check your local news media or do a Google search.

Here are some who have publicly stated that they are looking for donations.

London

  • Polish White Eagle Club, Balham (clothing, bedding and other items)
  • North London Collection Center, Willesden Lane (diapers, toiletries, towels, recyclable cutlery, toothbrushes and underwear)
  • Lewisham Donation Hub (Sundays only)

Nerd

  • TippyToes BabyBank, Preston (towels, blankets and baby food)
  • Carfield Community Primary School, Sheffield
  • Newcastle Polish Center (no used clothes, but lots of other items accepted)

Midlands

  • Agie and Katie restaurant, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent (medical supplies, baby items and sleeping bags)
  • Malvern Bakehouse, Worcestershire (baby clothes, soft toys, first aid kit, blankets and sleeping bags)
  • Bearded Broz, Smethwick

South

  • Polish Club, Southampton (food, warm clothes, bedding and sleeping bags, sanitary and medical supplies)
  • Head to toe nail salon, Salisbury (carpets, new or undamaged clothing and sanitary napkins)

Scotland

  • Mossgiel Organic Farm, East Ayrshire (clothing, blankets, duvets, sleeping bags, toys, diapers and canned food)
  • Herron Farm Shop and Kitchen, near Strathaven

Wales

  • Castle Climbing, Cardiff (sleeping bags, survival blankets, first aid kits, burners, warm socks, gloves, camping food)
  • Rogue Fox Coffee House, Newport (thermal clothing, hats and gloves, duvets, blankets, sleeping bags and pillows)

What other ways can I help?

A number of organizations have set up donation points so people can send clothes to Ukrainians. You can find a list of them here.

Another great way you can help does not even cost a dime. Disseminate only reliable information and be careful not to share misinformation it is important. That Ukraine Crisis Media Center has urged people to be vigilant when sharing news.

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