Across Mansfield and the UK, everyone wants to do their bit to support those who have been forced to flee their homes because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here's how you can #StandWithUkraine.
One of the best ways to help is by donating cash through trusted charities and aid organisations, rather than donating goods.
If you want to donate money, there are a number of charities providing humanitarian relief in Ukraine, including the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal (opens in new window).
The UK Government matched, pound-for-pound, £25 million of public donations to this appeal.
For advice on how to donate safely, visit Regulators urge safe giving to support Ukraine - GOV.UK (opens in new window).
From Friday 18 March, the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme opens for visa applications from Ukrainians and immediate family members who already have named people willing to sponsor them.
People wanting to be sponsors who do not know anyone personally fleeing Ukraine can also record their interest in being a sponsor. For more information, visit Homes for Ukraine – Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine (opens in new window).
You can find answers to frequent questions, at Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions - GOV.UK (opens in new window).
Executive Mayor Andy Abrahams has written to the Mayor of Mansfield’s sister city Stryi in Ukraine to offer support. He is also donating £500 from his 500 Fund to the DEC appeal. You can read the Mayor’s letter at Mansfield Mayor's letter to Ukrainian sister city.
The Ukraine flag is flying at Mansfield Civic Centre and the Old Town Hall is lit up in blue and yellow in support and solidarity with Ukraine. Read the council’s statement of support: Mayor backs support for Ukrainian people.
Other useful links can be found here:
- Russian invasion of Ukraine: UK government response - GOV.UK (opens in new window)
- UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals - GOV.UK (opens in new window)
- Apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa - GOV.UK (opens in new window)
- Help for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation. - The Education Hub (opens in new window)
- Actions to take when the cyber threat is heightened - NCSC.GOV.UK (opens in new window)
- Free mental health support is available in Nottinghamshire for anyone finding this situation difficult. Visit Mental health and wellbeing | Nottinghamshire County Council (opens in new window).