As the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine continues, many of us are looking for ways that we can help.

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Homes for Ukraine scheme

Individuals, charities, community groups and business wishing to support the plight of refugees fleeing from the Russian invasion of Ukraine can sign up to the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine‘ scheme to become a sponsor. The scheme is still being adapted while the Government works with local authorities and the voluntary and community sector to further shape the progamme. The British Red Cross have created a map which shows the number of visas issued under the scheme in different localities. For more information about the scheme see:

  • FAQs about the Homes for Ukraine scheme on the government website.
  • City of Sanctuary guidance on what to consider before applying to sponsor a refugee.
  • RESET are working with local partners to match UK hosts and Ukrainian refugees. You can sign up through their website. They also have a Toolkit with ideas and ways you can support people arriving through the scheme. The government lists other recognised providers here.
  • The government have released a Welcome Guide which outlines essential services and support for Ukrainians arriving in the UK.
  • For an overview of what to consider as a rural host, watch this recent recorded meeting from City of Sanctuary: Hosting in Rural Locations.
  • To find out what local authorities are doing to support the scheme see this recently updated Guidance for councils.
  • Check the North Yorkshire County Council page for advice, resources and support for Ukrainians in North Yorkshire.
Tell us about any services and support for refugees your organisation is providing

We want to hear from organisations across North Yorkshire that are providing support for refugees: from support with matching, to housing, employment, education, donations and more. Please get in touch through info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk to be added to a database so that we can share information with partners and direct those in need of support to the right place. We also want to hear about any challenges that organisations are facing and support that is needed.

General support and resources

It may be that you aren’t in a position to offer a home to Ukrainian refugees but there are other ways to give your support, including:

  • Take a look at this Government guidance for charities and trustees on responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
  • Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE) have produced this guide for village halls and community buildings wishing to support refugees being hosted in their communities.
  • Migration Yorkshire has a range of information on how you can contribute locally by donating money, offering housing, fostering, sponsorship and volunteering.
  • Sanctuary Foundation have a free online course which provides essential basic training for all those living, working or volunteering with refugees: An introduction to refugee safety, wellbeing and support Sanctuary Course
  • HealthProm has put together a cultural sensitivity guide for hosts and people supporting Ukraine refugees.
  • Harrogate & District Community Action (HADCA) has a list of local organisations in Harrogate and district who need your help with supporting refugees.
  • Free online training for Churches wishing to welcome Ukrainians is taking place on Wed 18 May 13:30 – 15:00. Book your place here.
  • The GOV.UK website has a raft of useful information on how you can help.
  • The Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of 15 leading UK charities, has launched a collective appeal to provide emergency aid and rapid relief to civilians suffering during the conflict. Cash donations are encouraged as support can then be provided to those in need more quickly and effectively.
  • Go to City of Sanctuary UK to access webinars designed to support those interested in supporting refugees.
  • Read this blog from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) which gives ideas on how communities and charities can help – from donating money to how to support grassroots action.
  • Get in touch with your district or parish council, many of whom are organising housing for refugees.
  • If you have family and friends in Ukraine, or are impacted by this or anything else that is causing you concern, remember that resources are available from the NHS to support you.
  • You can also take a look at this blog from our Chief Executive, Jane Colthup on her thoughts for giving support.
  • United for Ukraine has been set up by businesses and other partners across the North of England to support evacuees coming to our region. This site provides access to employment and support services.
  • If you or your community are involved in the development of local support groups for Ukrainian guests please encourage these to be registered on North Yorkshire Connect.
  • Do make sure that, if you’re giving money, to ‘give safely’. Read this update from the Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator for advice.

Updated 13 May 2022