Published on: 28 Feb 2022

Last Updated on: 22 Mar 2022

What can you do to support Ukraine & Ukrainians?

With the terrible invasion of Ukraine and the unfolding war, many of us are feeling helpless about what we can do to help.

There are in fact a number of ways that you can support and show solidarity to the Ukrainian people:

Please refer to our factsheet which was last updated on 17th March 2022. 

To find out the latest ways to offer your help and solidarity please visit the Ukrainian Institute London website

Local information is also available on the dedicated Southwark Council website

For organisations supporting Ukrainians in London:

London VCS WhatsApp group

This WhatsApp group to help coordinate London's response to the crisis in Ukraine. It is in conjunction with VCS Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP) but it is an open group for the VCS, which includes Ukraine-specific groups and other local and national VCS orgs.

The aim is to establish what is needed and coordinate actions in response. Specific requests can be posted here, and relevant organisations can promptly respond where they can help. To join this group, please provide your details here and feel free to share this invitation among your networks.

Weekly Emergencies Partnership London Ukraine Touchpoint call

London Plus will be chairing weekly calls for information and update sharing within the sector, specifically relating to Ukraine. This is in conjunction with VCSEP, but again it is open to London’s VCS.  These will be on Tuesday mornings; we will share the recurring invite as soon as it is available. 

Ukraine: Local insights

If you have any insights to share, please do either join the weekly London calls above or get in touch with them by email or phone. It’s really useful for us to hear what is going on locally, what your local council is doing and where there are gaps. They can then communicate at a London level as appropriate through links with VCSEP, the GLA and London Councils. 

Government guidance:

The Government in conjunction with the Charity Commission, has published this Ukraine humanitarian crisis: guidance for charities and trustees and this guidance around safe giving to support Ukraine.

GOV.UK Press Release - ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme launches

  • 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 opens for applications today
  • 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.

VCSEP and Red Cross resources:

British Red Cross and Emergencies Partnership insight team have developed two documents that may be helpful as partners consider what can be done to prepare: 

London Plus Ukraine resource:

Please do continue to use, share and contribute to their Ukraine support and signposting resource.