My team has received countless emails from constituents about the conflict in Ukraine. I posted last week that Bristol stands with Ukraine and is ready to do its bit. It’s great to see this overwhelmingly reinforced by individuals asking how they can help.
This is the most comprehensive guide on available support- https://ukrainianinstitute.org.uk/russias-war-against…/.
It details charities to donate to, petitions to sign, advice on helping refugees, and local journalists to support. One of the key messages from those involved has been that it’s important to deal with established agencies who have experience in this type of situation. Whilst informal attempts should be commended, it increases the chance of logistical and supply chain issues.
• The best way for people to give money with confidence is via the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal which brings together 15 UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. The UK government will match donations pound-for-pound up to £20 million. It is also giving £220 million to Ukraine for medical supplies, aid and other practical support. https://twitter.com/FCDOGovUK/status/1499004482037993476
• The UNHCR Refugee Agency emergency appeal to help ensure that Ukrainians forced to flee their homes are sheltered and safe. https://donate.unrefugees.org.uk/ukraine…/~my-donation…
• The Red Cross have established a Ukraine Crisis Appeal to provide food, water, first aid, medicine, warm clothes, and shelter. https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/donate
• Direct Relief – Working with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health to deliver medical supplies –https://www.directrelief.org/place/ukraine/.
• Bristol City Council – Councillor Brenda Massey has been working with the Romanian Consul to organise donations for refugees which can be dropped off at City Hall between 9am and 7pm. If you need any further details, please contact her on: firstname.lastname@example.org