Support for Ukraine
A message of solidarity from County Councillor Phillippa Williamson
"We are horrified at the violent conflict which is unfolding in Ukraine, and we want to add our voices to those across the world calling for the Russian leadership to immediately cease their aggression towards this peaceful country."
"It is shocking and upsetting to see people driven from their homes in fear, however we stand ready to play our part in aiding their resettlement should the Home Office establish a programme, and continue Lancashire's longstanding support for those fleeing conflict in their homeland."
"The people of Ukraine are at the very forefront of our minds, and we have chosen to illuminate County Hall in the colours of the Ukrainian flag as a simple gesture of our solidarity with them as we hope for an immediate end to this completely unjustified invasion."
Homes for Ukraine Scheme
The UK is one of the most generous nations in the world and the British public are now being asked to go one step further and open their homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Lancashire Refugee Integration Team
If you live in Lancashire and need support to bring Ukrainian relatives over to the United Kingdom, our Lancashire Refugee Integration Team will assist with access to free legal advice and ongoing support.
Please email: HomesForUkraine@lancashire.gov.uk with your contact details and our team will be in touch within 72 hours.
Other ways you can help
We understand that many people will want to help and show support for the people of Ukraine during this troubling time. There are several organisations who are helping in the humanitarian appeal and who would welcome any support you can give.
Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
The Disasters Emergency Committee is providing urgent humanitarian aid for families who are fleeing the conflict.
Your entire donation goes to charities, including the British Red Cross and Oxfam, who are on the borders where Ukrainians have fled - and on the front line in Ukraine itself. Your donation will help fund a wide range of vital support including:
- Providing food, first aid, clean water, shelter support, warm clothing, hygiene parcels and medicines
- Supporting hospitals and healthcare facilities
- Supporting fire fighters and civil protection units
- Training people up in life-saving first aid
- Helping families stay in contact with each other
- Educating people on the risks of explosives
- Repairing vital infrastructure
- Helping to repair homes, healthcare centres, and community centres
The most important thing that anyone can do to help out in this crisis is to donate money. The Red Cross says that cash donations are by far the quickest, safest and most direct way to help people in a humanitarian crisis. It doesn't matter how much you can afford to give – every single penny makes a difference. The information below shows how your donation could be spent.
The UK Government will match donations from the public pound-for-pound up to £20 million, meaning your support will go even further.
How your donation could help people in Ukraine
Could provide three sleeping mats for people forced to flee their homes.
Could provide a family with a month's worth of hygiene supplies, helping them to stay healthy.
Could provide blankets to ten people taking shelter.
Could provide 120 chlorine tablets, ensuring people have access to safe, clean water.
UNICEF is especially concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children who have become separated from their families, working round the clock to keep families safe.
Not everyone is able to give money, so the Red Cross has some great advice for people who would like to donate items:
"There are local organisations in the UK who are collecting things, such as clothing and blankets who often have links to partners organisations in Ukraine or in border countries.
"If you have items you want to donate we'd encourage you to:
- Look for any local charity that may be collecting
- Check what they need so you can donate the right items
- Ask if they can transport the items before donating to them."
Visit the gov.uk webpages for support for family members of British nationals in Ukraine, and Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and the UK