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How you can support the people of Ukraine

Provide accommodation

Homes for Ukraine Scheme

The Government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme asks UK residents to offer space in their homes for those fleeing the war. This will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the country.

Ukrainian people arriving under this scheme will be able to live and work in the UK for up to three years and access benefits, healthcare, employment, and other support. 

Registering interest in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme

People or organisations wanting to be sponsors under the Homes for Ukraine scheme can register their interest on the government website.

Registered interest data comes to Cambridgeshire County Council who then share it with us.

When you have registered your interest, you will also need to match with a Ukrainian guest. This could be someone that you already know.

There are several ways you can help support and sponsor a Ukrainian household if you do not already know anyone in need.

Several charities and non-government organisations are working to offer services to match potential sponsors and Ukrainian households seeking to come to the UK.

See the government webpage advising organisations who can help UK citizens become sponsors.

Ukraine Family Scheme

The Ukraine Family Scheme allows family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK. To apply to the scheme the applicant must:

  • be applying to join or accompany your UK-based family member
  • be Ukrainian or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national who is applying to the scheme
  • have been residing in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine).

There is no process to notify us of arrivals under this scheme. Local authorities will not receive any payments to account for pressures on education, social care, and other services.

Donate money

There are good supply chains in eastern Europe, so it is quicker and more cost effective to send money to buy supplies locally than to donate and transport them from the UK.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a coalition of 15 leading UK charities, has launched a collective fundraising appeal to provide food, water, shelter, healthcare and protection.

Other charities fundraising to help Ukraine include:

We encourage you to check the government’s guidance on safe giving before you donate.