The terrible devastation and suffering caused by the war in Ukraine will have moved everyone.
The Russian invasion has now caused more than ten million people – a quarter of Ukraine’s population – to flee their homes.
The UK government has created the Homes for Ukraine program for people in this country who wish to host a Ukrainian family.
There are a number of ways you can get involved – including opportunities for individuals to host a refugee, donate money, food or supplies, or volunteer to help.
Together we stand by Ukraine. For more information visit ukstandswithukraine.campaign.gov.uk.
Houses for Ukraine
The Homes for Ukraine program provides a route for war refugees who want to come to the UK and have someone here willing to provide them with a temporary home.
The program enables individuals, charities and community groups to provide shelter and provide a path to safety for Ukrainians and their immediate family members who have been forced to flee their home country.
So how does Homes for Ukraine work in practice? Here we have compiled answers to some of the most common questions about the program.
For more information on getting started, see gov.uk/UFS.
How can I help?
There are two ways you can help through the Homes for Ukraine program. If you know someone in Ukraine who you would like to bring to the UK, then work with them to complete the special visa application.
If you don’t know someone, you can fill out an expression of interest. For more information, see ukstandswithukraine.campaign.gov.uk.
How long do I have to provide accommodation?
We ask people to provide stable accommodation for at least six months, but you can extend this if you and your guests wish.
Which areas can I offer?
Accommodation can be anything from an empty room to an unoccupied house, as long as it is safe, heated and free from health hazards, and provides your guests with adequate access to bathrooms and kitchen facilities.
Am I expected to pay my guests’ bills or provide meals?
No, you are only asked to provide the accommodation. However, nothing prevents you from offering meals if you wish.
Those hosting guests receive an optional ‘thank you’ payment of £350 per month.
Are controls carried out to protect my family and my guests?
Yes, your municipality checks the accommodation and living conditions.
There are also security checks, which may vary depending on the circumstances. For more information, see ukstandswithukraine.campaign.gov.uk.
One way to help immediately is by donating money to trusted charities and aid organizations.
The Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal is one of several campaigns providing humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.
The UK government has already pledged £25 million in public donations to the appeal. To support charities, go to donate.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal.
You may prefer to use other charities, including Choose Love and Unicef, which have also launched appeals. Make sure any charity you choose is genuine before giving.
Donations of food, supplies, clothing and bedding are handled by local groups.
Contact your local school, community group, or Facebook community page to find out how you can help. You can also provide lists of much-needed items.
Many readers will also be interested in volunteering their time to collect, sort, and provide other support.
The Refugee Council said people living in the UK can volunteer with its organization to help refugees. Many local organizations collecting goods will also need support.
The Ukrainian Family Program offers a direct route to Ukrainians who already have family in the UK.
- Go to gov.uk/UFS to start an online application form
- Upload a scan of your passport as part of your application
- British teams conduct safety and security checks
- An email will be sent confirming permission to come to the UK
- Arriving in the UK and renewing your residence permit
Passport holders who apply exclusively online will receive a travel authorization letter and then a six-month entry stamp. Once in the UK, they must apply for an extension of their stay (for up to 36 months).
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