Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people at this terrible time
At a meeting on Monday 28 February, the council unanimously passed a motion denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We have pledged to respond to requests to assist any Ukrainian refugees that may come here.
We will be guided by central government as to the best ways that we can help as the situation continues to develop. In standing with the people of Ukraine we and our partner organisations will support and give a warm welcome to refugees locally.
Homes for Ukraine scheme
The government's Homes for Ukraine scheme enables individuals and organisations to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians forced to escape their homeland.
Oxfordshire County Council's website provides guidance, information and links for people sponsoring families in the Homes for Ukraine scheme and for Ukrainian guests.
- Guest support - information, support and help for Ukrainian guests in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme
- Sponsor support - guidance, information and links for people sponsoring families in the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
- Ukraine helpline: +44 1865 966444 / 01865 966 444 (opening hours: 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Closed weekends and bank holidays). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The government has indicated it will provide further funding for local authorities to support this scheme, including sponsors, to help families rebuild their lives and fully integrate into communities. The council is ready to support this critical national effort.
The South East Strategic Partnership for Migration (SESPM) now has a dedicated Ukraine information page.
Making a donation
Many people in the county want to do whatever they can to help, and one way is to make a donation.
The Disasters Emergency Committee, 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.
Many registered charities are also helping to provide vital life-saving services to those caught up in the conflict, including those forced to flee to neighbouring countries. These include