Support for Ukraine

A message of solidarity from Council Chief Executive Denise Park

"We are all horrified at the violent conflict which is unfolding in Ukraine, and add our voices to those across the world calling for the Russian leadership to immediately cease their aggression towards this peaceful country.

“As a democratic body, we are appalled by what we have seen unfold over recent weeks – horrors of which we all hoped we would never see on our continent again.

"It is shocking and upsetting to see people driven from their homes in fear, however we stand ready to play our part in aiding their resettlement and continue the borough’s longstanding support for those fleeing conflict in their homeland.

“This council extends its thoughts and prayers to members of the Ukrainian community and pays tribute to the incredible generosity the people of Blackburn with Darwen have shown in their personal efforts to support the humanitarian response to this crisis.

“We hope for an immediate end to this completely unjustified invasion."

How you can help

We understand that many people will want to help and show support for the people of Ukraine during this troubling time. The situation is evolving all the time and we will endeavour to keep information up-to-date.

Find out more about the Homes for Ukraine Scheme and register your interest.

Further Government advice can be found on GOV.UK: Support for family members of British nationals in Ukraine, and Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and the UK

The Rail Delivery Group has announced free rail travel for Ukrainian nationals arriving in the UK.

Ukraine Humanitarian Sponsorship Information Evening - YouTube

How to donate

There are several organisations who are helping in the humanitarian appeal and who would welcome any support you can give.

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

The Disasters Emergency Committee is providing urgent humanitarian aid for families who are fleeing the conflict.

Your entire donation goes to charities, including the British Red Cross and Oxfam, who are on the borders where Ukrainians have fled - and on the front line in Ukraine itself. Your donation will help fund a wide range of vital support including:

  • Providing food, first aid, clean water, shelter support, warm clothing, hygiene parcels and medicines
  • Supporting hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Supporting fire fighters and civil protection units
  • Training people up in life-saving first aid
  • Helping families stay in contact with each other
  • Educating people on the risks of explosives
  • Repairing vital infrastructure
  • Helping to repair homes, healthcare centres, and community centres

The most important thing that anyone can do to help out in this crisis is to donate money. The Red Cross says that cash donations are by far the quickest, safest and most direct way to help people in a humanitarian crisis. It doesn't matter how much you can afford to give – every single penny makes a difference. The information below shows how your donation could be spent.

The UK Government will match donations from the public pound-for-pound up to £20 million, meaning your support will go even further.

How your donation could help people in Ukraine:

  • £5 Could provide three sleeping mats for people forced to flee their homes.
  • £10 Could provide a family with a month's worth of hygiene supplies, helping them to stay healthy.
  • £40 Could provide blankets to ten people taking shelter.
  • £100 Could provide 120 chlorine tablets, ensuring people have access to safe, clean water.

Donate to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

UNICEF

UNICEF is especially concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children who have become separated from their families, working round the clock to keep families safe.

Donate to UNICEF

Donating items

Not everyone is able to give money, so the Red Cross has some great advice for people who would like to donate items:

"There are local organisations in the UK who are collecting things, such as clothing and blankets who often have links to partner organisations in Ukraine or in border countries.

"If you have items you want to donate we'd encourage you to:

  • Look for any local charity that may be collecting
  • Check what they need so you can donate the right items
  • Ask if they can transport the items before donating to them."