In the last few weeks, it’s been harrowing to watch the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine develop, and has left many wondering what they can do to help the victims of the war in any small part from overseas. More than 18 million people are thought to be affected by this crisis in Ukraine, with a projected 4 million thought to be displaced by the war.
Here are some of the practical ways you can help and show solidarity from the UK.
How to help the people of Ukraine from Manchester
Give to the Disaster Emergency Committee
By donating to this Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, you’ll be contributing to the provisions of essential hygiene supplies, blankets, food, and more. Plus, the UK government has pledged to “match pound-for-pound up to £20 million donated by the public to this appeal”, so any amount could end up going a very long way. Visit the website to donate.
Donate key supplies at various collection points
Thousands of Mancs have already been donating anything they can to help provide for the people of Ukraine – so much so, the Ukrainian Cultural Centre has been overwhelmed with the community’s generosity. If you think you have any key provisions – whether it be blankets, sleeping bags, wipes, helmets, tampons, or masks – that you could donate, find your nearest collection point to drop them off. Plenty of items are welcome, but those making donations have been urged to check what is accepted before dropping supplies off.
Collection points include the below, however, do check with the venues before donating as many have been overwhelmed with donations:
- Ukrainian Cultural Centre
- Stock Exchange Hotel
- Hotel Football
- University Academy 92
- St James’ House
Sign up to the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme
This applies to the whole of the UK, and saw more than 88,000 people sign up to welcome refugees from Ukraine into their homes during times of crisis. By signing up, you’ll receive £350 a month tax-free to a month, and you will help the displaced people fleeing from the war find a route to safety during this awful time. Find out more and sign up to the scheme here.
Attend a protest to show solidarity
There have been a number of peaceful protests around Manchester already, which are a great way to let the government know that support must be shown to all those affected by the war in Ukraine. Protests will continue, and you can keep up with information about any upcoming ones online on groups such as the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign.
Head to or support a Manchester fundraising event
These are sure to keep on cropping up, adding to the outpouring of support Manchester has shown during this time. Notable campaigns have included GRUB MCR’s recent fundraiser and the upcoming ‘all-dayer’ at the Old Abbey Tap House. Find a list below of confirmed events coming up:
- Sounds of Manchester at Hidden
- Stand Up for Ukraine at the Frog & Bucket
- Fundraising night at BeeHouse Bar
- Altrincham Market is selling off chairs to help raise funds
- Albert’s Schloss is donating proceeds from all sales of their cinnamon sugared pretzel doughnuts
- Rudy’s is donating proceeds from all sales of their Tiramisu or Tartufo
Here’s a list of some more charities you can donate to support those affected by the war in Ukraine
- Choose Love – a charity that raises millions to support refugees all over the world;
- British Red Cross – helping provide clean water, first aid, shelter and more;
- East European Resource Centre
- Save The Children
- Humanity & Inclusion
- Work Rights Centre
- UK Med
- Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain
- British Red Cross and SPAR are looking for bucket shakers to help collect money