How can I help Ukrainian Refugees?

Category: Befriending

Register to host

Following the Government’s welcome announcement of the Homes for Ukraine scheme, World Jewish Relief is ready to assist this effort. Our operational experience in Ukraine, our expertise in refugee resettlement to the UK and our heritage will all uniquely position us to do so, as more details become available.

Under the new scheme, people will be able to nominate a named individual to stay with them or in another property for six months, rent free. Those offering accommodation and support should be aware that accommodation must be available for a minimum 6-month period and they must be willing to undergo a DBS check.

We have been working closely with all parts of the Jewish community to centralise all the offers of accommodation being made. We would encourage individuals and community groups willing to offer accommodation for Ukrainian refugees to notify World Jewish Relief of your interest by clicking here .

Families interested in offering accommodation also should register their interest in doing so by going to the Government website 

How else can I help Ukraine?

Contact your MP

A quick email to your MP expressing support and further action takes just 5 minutes. You can find details of who your local MP is via the Write to Them website. A template email is available to copy and send if you’re unsure of what to say. The consensus is that it’s quantity not quality of email, so no need to overthink it.

Sign a Petition

There are a number of national and international petitions underway that will be debated by governments and leaders once a set number of signatures have been raised. Sign one or two, or all of the following:

  • (38 degrees) An open letter to Priti Patel: the UK must give safe passage to those fleeing war in Ukraine – sign here
  • (Change.org) Tell the UK govt: Help Ukrainian refugees! – sign here
  • (Avaaz – worldwide) Stop this war – sign here

Donate Items

The local Polish community have come together to donate essentials like clothing, shoes and hygiene products. Polish organisations like the White Eagle Club on Balham High Road in London are asking for donations that they will sort and ship over to refugees.

With conditions cold, they’re particularly asking for coats and thermal wear. Plus sleeping equipment and baby supplies like diapers and bottles.

The group are updating their Facebook page with further dates and details on donations. So be sure to check ahead before turning up. The centre’s official address is: 211 Balham High Rd, London SW17 7BQ.

Other Ways to Support Refugees

Get involved with local Refugee support organisations in your area. There are already lots of refugees that have arrived in the UK, most recently from Afghanistan and other regions, that are looking for volunteers. Whether it’s mentoring, language support or other ways to use your skills please consider getting involved now to support those already here and to ensure charities have an ample pool of volunteers when the anticipated influx of Ukrainian refugees arrive in the UK.