Help for the people of Ukraine BVSC stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and along with our partners across Birmingham we will be doing all we can to help and support the humanitarian crisis. We have collated some links to useful sources of information that may help you in supporting people of Ukraine. What you can do Making a donation Many people in Birmingham want to do whatever they can to help, and one way is to donate. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is a coalition of 15 leading UK charities, has launched a collective appeal to provide emergency aid and rapid relief to civilians suffering during the conflict. Leaders from The Polish Expats Association (PEA) in Birmingham, together with a partnership of community leaders (CEE) have set up a GoFundMe page to help refugees fleeing Ukraine gofund.me/7b070324 Homes for Ukraine scheme You can also help by providing accommodation to those fleeing the war in Ukraine. Find out more about the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, which opened on 18 March. The following websites provide good sources of guidance and information: Summary of Official-Level Briefing (Dept of Levelling Up) RESET are the organisation leading on the design of the Homes for Ukraine scheme, and VCSEP understand that they require support in regards to appointing a head of safeguarding to support the team and development of the programme. Citizens Advice Bureau Guidance on volunteers who wish to participate in Homes for Ukraine scheme. Accessing Support, Information and Advice Drop-in advice is always available at the Refugee and Migrant Centre with locations in Birmingham, Wolverhampton or Walsall. Contact information for all locations is available from their website, link above. Updated information about Government announcements on Ukraine are available via West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership UK.Relate Birmingham are offering free phone chats for Ukrainians in England & Wales with loved ones at the centre of the current crisis. Bookings can be made via Relate's website. Funding Engage for Ukraine Community Grants SchemeIn support of the Government’s response to the Ukraine crisis and offer to resettle Ukrainians families in the UK, Birmingham City Council and BVSC have launched (17 August 2022) a new community grants fund to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector groups and organisations that are supporting the resettlement process across the City. Find out more The Eveson TrustIf your charity works with Ukrainian refugees arriving in this country, you may be able to apply to The Eveson Trust for a grant.Find out more: Guidance for Ukranians arriving in the UK Red Cross Guidance The British Red Cross has produced advice guidance for Ukrainians arriving in the UK: • Advice for Ukrainians arriving in the UK (English) • Advice for Ukrainians arriving in the UK (Ukrainian) • Advice for Ukrainians arriving in the UK (Russian) Other useful websites Migration: Policy & Practice supports the effective settlement of migrants and a positive integration agenda in Birmingham and the Black Country. Ukranian Institute London lists various ways you can support the humanitarian crisis. NCVO has published a guide for charities and civil society which includes: giving donations; supporting grassroots action; and campaigning. Kent Council has produced some useful guidance Engage for Ukraine Network ‘Engage for Ukraine’ is a network aiming to support organisations to provide a collective voice and shared action in response to the crisis. Find out more We will be updating this information regularly. If you have anything to add to this page please get in touch, email: [email protected]vsc.org.