As the war in Ukraine reaches the 2-month mark, Russian forces are still attacking Ukrainian citizens and decimating much of the nation’s infrastructure. The UN predicts that close to 5 million Ukrainians have now fled the country as a result of the war. As per Statista, an estimated 2072 Ukrainian civilians have died with 169 of those being children. Many are calling this possibly the worst humanitarian disaster in Europe since the Second World War, as the impact of the war is felt across the world.
Many of us are watching the distressing images on the news feeling helpless as to what we can do to help the people of Ukraine and offer our support in some capacity or another. Some incredible fundraising efforts from across the UK have caught the public’s attention, including a young woodworker’s bowl and the shaved head efforts of two brothers from Somerset. These acts of incredible selflessness can really inspire people, however it’s good to know exactly what small things can be done that can make a huge difference.
We break down exactly how you can support and stand with the people of Ukraine, what legitimate organisations this can be done through, and how to do this safely online…
Donating To An Incredible Cause
Giving to charity is one of the most altruistic and generous things that can be done when a concern is raised that needs support. There are lots of charities which provide humanitarian relief to the Ukraine crisis including UNICEF, Save The Children, Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), Red Cross and United Help Ukraine to name but a few. These charities take all donations and redistribute accordingly to people and projects that aim to improve the quality of life of civilians. The DEC is the chosen charity from the UK government, who have pledged to match pound for pound the £25 million in public donations to the appeal.
It’s vitally important however to make sure the charity you choose to donate to do is legitimate and your vital financial support is safe and going to the right causes. There are a few simple steps which can be taken to ensure this:
- Check the charity’s name and registration number using the search the charity register tool.
- Most charities with an income of £5,000 or more must be registered, which means they are regulated by The Charity Commission.
- Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information.
- If in doubt, ask the charity or organisation for more information.
Unfortunately, this day and age there are numerous scam organisations which choose to play upon and capitalise on the horror and atrocities seen in Ukraine. Before parting with any money or financial information, check that everything is authentic and validated.
Providing Essential Supplies To Those In Need
Many of us prefer to provide vital and crucial equipment or goods as a way of helping out. However, the logistics and costs of transferring goods, often heavy and large, to war-stricken zones can be extremely difficult. One of the best ways to help is by donating cash through trusted charities and aid organisations. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it is needed, and individuals and aid organisations can use it to buy what is most needed. Unsolicited donations of goods, although well-meant, can obstruct supply chains and delay more urgent life-saving assistance from getting through.
Organisations across the UK are gathering essential supplies, such as clothes, first aid and sanitary products. Many charities and community groups will have lists of items they need, so check out your charity of choice or even your local council to see how you can help donate essential goods.
Become A Sponsor & House A Refugee
UK individuals, charities, community groups and businesses can now record their interest in supporting Ukrainians fleeing the war through the government’s new Homes for Ukraine scheme. This includes refugees with no apparent family ties to the UK.
Individual sponsors will be asked to provide homes or a spare room rent-free for as long as they are able, with a minimum stay of 6 months. In return, they will receive £350 per month.
Those who have a named Ukrainian they wish to sponsor should contact them directly and prepare to fill in a visa application, with the application launching on Friday 18th March. Charities, faith groups and local community organisations are also helping to facilitate connections between individuals, for potential sponsors who do not have a named contact. Ukrainians arriving in the UK under this scheme will be granted 3 years leave to remain, with entitlement to work, and access benefits and public services.
For more information and to apply to become a sponsor, visit the Homes For Ukraine dedicated portal page.
We hope this has outlined you exactly how to help, support and stand with the people of Ukraine amidst the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. If you require any further information on any government announcements, or anything accounting related for that matter, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at Nordens where one of our trusted advisors would be happy talking you through your query.