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Support for Ukraine

Residents and businesses in Thanet are showing true generosity and kindness in the relief effort for the people of Ukraine. As a council, we have donated two forklift trucks to help in the effort to transport aid and supplies to the Ukraine. This page provides links to the various organisations supporting Ukraine and highlights the contribution you can make to the humanitarian effort.

National support and information

Please see links to the full announcement by the Home Secretary on 1 March 2022, what you can do to help and the Factsheet: Home Office action on Ukraine

Kent specific support

We are actively working with partners to provide support and assistance for Ukrainians arriving in Thanet, to ensure they receive the warmest welcome to the district and all the support they need to settle safely into our community.

Kent County Council (KCC) has lots of important information for anyone wanting to know more:

KCC Ukraine information

If you have registered your interest in the Homes for Ukraine scheme you will be contacted directly about DBS checks and home checks. Find out more about support for hosts.

Safeguarding
If you are worried about an adult and you think they are at risk of harm or abuse, there are people who can help. You can find out more by visiting the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board website. The ‘adult abuse and what to do about it’ leaflet has also been translated into Ukrainian.

National support links

Information is available to those who have been directly affected on the links below:

Visa Support

Travel advice

Ukrainian Embassy

Family route: Concessions

Home Office action on Ukraine

Find an immigration advisor

Community sponsorship guidance

 

How you can help

A number of organisations have set up appeals for help for those caught up in this situation. These organisations are providing humanitarian support for people in the Ukraine.

The main appeal being run by the UK’s Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) is the one the Government is encouraging people to donate to so the funds can be shared across a range of charities. You can donate and find out more about the appeal by visiting the Disaster Emergency Committee website.

The UK Government is advising people to be safe when making donations and to use registered charities, like the ones listed below, who are working on the ground to help those displaced by the fighting taking place in the Ukraine.

Links to donate can be found below:

DEC

British Red Cross

UN Refugee Agency

Oxfam

Association of Ukrainians

Donate smartphones/tablets

 

Stay informed

There’s a lot you can do to prepare yourself to safely support newcomers and existing communities in Thanet. For example, you could find out about how to talk about this situation in a helpful way, learn a few words in different languages, or read about the culture and history of different countries. 

Useful links

Foreign Commonwealth Development Office

Ukraine: Travel Advice

BBC news

BBC Newsround

Save the Children

Duolingo: Ukrainian

 

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