This is a terrible time for the people of Ukraine, and indeed the rest of the world as we watch the situation unfold. You may have seen the recent Youtube clip from Jinjer, recorded after the invasion started:
Our hearts and thoughts go to those caught up in the war, but what can we actually do to help?
Whether it is sending money, or showing support in other ways, there are several options available to everyone. This ranges from donating directly to emergency appeals, joining demonstrations to protest against the invasion, or just taking care not to spreading false information without fact-checking.
Here are a few links and pointers that might be of some use if you would like to help:
British Red Cross – donate to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal
The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) are working with accredited and registered Ukrainian charities to provide medicines, food and critical services to support the most vulnerable to overcome the consequences and trauma of war. Visit their #HelpUkraine Emergency Appeal visit the AUGB online donation page
British-Ukrainian Aid supports people suffering from the war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine by aligning UK and Ukrainian efforts. Details of how you can help are on their website
Voices of Children helps children affected by the war in eastern Ukraine by providing psychological and psychosocial support to children. Instructions on how to donate to Voices of Children programmes available on its website
Save the Children has also launched an emergency fund that will go towards distributing essential humanitarian aid to children and their families, delivering winter and hygiene kits, providing cash grants to families and access to education, and giving psychological support to children.You can donate here.
Many local Church groups and local organisations are establishing donations, either financial or physical goods – these are normally advertised in local papers or local Facebook groups.
Social Media – Fact or Fiction? – take the time to check before you share videos and news on social media. Misinformation is easily shared, often by those who believe the images to be genuine. It doesn’t take long to check multiple trusted sources can help to prevent the spread of misinformation.