We all want to do what we can to support the people of Ukraine due to the horrific attack on their country.
Charities, community groups, faith groups and social enterprises across Greater Manchester are all too aware of the support needed in Ukraine and neighbouring countries – and we support national and local appeals seeking to send donations to those places.
However, we are also aware that people are fleeing from the war and seeking refuge in Greater Manchester. We are therefore working together to put in place welcome and support, working alongside local authorities and those who are offering to accommodate people arriving from Ukraine.
- A hardship fund to give small amounts of money to people arriving from Ukraine, if needed – distributed through trusted community partners
- Small grants to local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations that are playing an active, practical role in providing support: to help cover the costs of things like transport, volunteer expenses, purchasing emergency items, etc.
All donations received will be split with 50% going to the hardship fund and 50% going towards local organisations which are making a difference. The funding will be overseen by the local VCSE sector infrastructure organisations: Salford CVS, Macc, Bolton CVS and Action Together, in collaboration with Europia and other partners, including: Caritas Salford, Caritas Shrewsbury, Foundation 92, Manchester City of Sanctuary, The Pankhurst Trust.
Other ways you can help
We’ve compiled a list of other ways to give help and support, including local and national appeals:
DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. The UK Government will match pound-for-pound up to £20 million donated by the public to this appeal.
British Red Cross Appeal
to help the British Red Cross provide food, water, medicines, first aid, warm clothes and shelter.
Refugee Crisis Appeal
from The Refugee Council, at the moment every donation made will be doubled up to a value of £250,000.
Homes for Ukraine
The Ukranian Institute, London has produced a guide
that explains what can you do to support Ukraine and Ukrainians?
The BBC have published this article
that covers what people in the UK can do to help.
In kind donations
Understandably, many people have wanted to donate goods and supplies to be sent to people in Ukraine. We recognise this generosity, however at the moment practical and logistical constraints mean that we are only seeking monetary donations, please do not send any goods or supplies. As people from Ukraine start to arrive in Greater Manchester we will work across agencies to understand what their needs are and if donations are required, we will put out very specific requests with further information.