Giving safely to help and support Ukraine
Mon, 07 Mar 2022

The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator have urged the public to give safely to registered charities as people make generous donations to causes helping to support and protect people affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

As the conflict and ensuing humanitarian situation in Ukraine continues to escalate, it is vital that charitable donations of goods and money reach their intended causes. UK charities are pivotal to a collective response to this crisis.

How to donate

The Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of 15 leading UK charities, has launched its collective appeal to provide emergency aid and rapid relief to civilians suffering during the conflict.

Many other registered charities are also helping to provide vital life-saving services, like water, food and healthcare, to those caught up in the conflict, including those forced to flee to neighbouring countries.

By giving to a registered, regulated charity, like the Disasters Emergency Committee, the public can have assurance that their funds will be accounted for in line with the charity law framework. Established charities with experience of responding to disasters are usually best placed to reach victims on the ground.

Visit https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Donating to other fundraising initiatives

For members of the public initiating their own informal fundraising appeals that are not linked to established registered charities, your selfless efforts are to be commended and your support is greatly appreciated. However please be aware of the ongoing responsibilities associated with overseeing and managing funds and ensure they are applied in line with donors' wishes.

People looking to donate to causes working in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, should make a few simple checks before giving:

Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered, and you can use the advanced search function to identify charities working in specific regions and countries

  • make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information
  • be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them
  • contact or find out more online about the charity that you're seeking to donate to or work with to understand how they are spending their funds
  • look out for the Fundraising Badge on charity fundraising materials, this is the logo which shows that a charity has committed to fundraise in line with the Code of Fundraising Practice.

The council's stance on the war in Ukraine

The council said: "All elected East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors are deeply saddened by the act of senseless and unwarranted war being waged by Russia upon Ukraine.

"Collectively and on behalf of our respective political groups on the Council, we condemn such horrendous acts of war and together call for all hostilities and blood shed to cease immediately and for the withdrawal of all invading forces from Ukraine. 

"As a council we will support those who need it most at such a distressing time.

"We are supporting Ukraine and are prepared to offer all the support we can within our current powers, including helping those who may have to leave their home country in order to find safety in our area.

"Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine as they fight through this difficult and unbearable time.

"We welcome our fellow councils to do the same."

Support being offered to Ukrainian nationals and their family members

On Thursday, 3 March 2022, the government updated GOV.UK with guidance about the support available for family members of British nationals in Ukraine, and Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and the UK.

New information has been included to reflect the announcement by the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, on 1 March where she set out a bespoke humanitarian support package for Ukrainians in a speech to Parliament.

This includes establishing an expansive Ukrainian Family Scheme so that British nationals and people settled in the UK can bring a wider group of family members to the UK, extending eligibility to parents, grandparents, adult offspring, siblings, and their immediate family members.

Those joining family in the UK will be granted leave for an initial period of 12 months. They will be able to work and access public funds.

More information can be found by visiting https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-family-members-of-british-nationals-in-ukraine-and-ukrainian-nationals-in-ukraine-and-the-uk#full-publication-update-history

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP, also gave a statement to the House of Commons on Ukraine, highlighting that culture and sport can be equally as effective as economic sanctions against the Russian state, if used in the right way.

How can I offer accommodation?

We are expecting an imminent announcement from the government, in the meantime if you wish to register your details whilst we wait for more information, we will keep a record of all offers of accommodation and will contact you again as and when we know more on how we can offer practical help and support for Ukraine refugees. Please email supportforukraine@eastriding.gov.uk, providing your name, address, contact details and accommodation you are able to offer.

Advice to businesses on international trade and Russia/Ukraine

In light of the current situation, businesses are advised to contact the government's Export Support Service helpline with any questions about trade with Russia or Ukraine. Questions can be submitted either online via https://lnkd.in/dv-WscJW or by telephone on  0300 303 8955. Calls are being answered daily between 8am and 10pm.

All the latest information relating to the situation is being published on gov.uk and major changes will be tweeted out via the usual government feeds.  

The following links are to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice pages for Russia and Ukraine, and to the guidance on the new sanctions regime.

If there are any particular local impacts of the current conflict, the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is keen to capture this information in its regular returns to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Businesses can let the LEP know about impacts via growthhub@heylep.com

The council has created a page on the corporate website. Share the link below with any friends or family members who you feel may benefit from learning more about the support available during this horrendous time.

Visit https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/support-for-ukraine/ for more information.


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