Last updated 3 March 2022
The current crisis in Ukraine has left many in our Marble Arch community wondering what they can do to help. As the situation unfolds we will be regularly monitoring advice from Westminster City Council, the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the Disasters Emergency Committee and other key sources of information; and updating this page with information on charities and organisations seeking donations, volunteers and funds.
London Plus, a registered charity supporting London-based charities and community groups, is compiling an invaluable document providing details of organisations working in London, Ukraine and internationally that are seeking support with the crisis. The full document can be referred to here and is constantly being updated as further requests of support are identified.
The Marble Arch Community Programme has received specific enquiries about local charities supporting Ukrainian citizens. At present we are unaware of any such organisations, but if Ukrainian refugees arrive in the Marble Arch community requiring emergency supplies or the advice, help and support of volunteers, details will be provided in this article accordingly.
At this stage the best way to support the people of Ukraine is via a financial donation. Many Ukrainian groups and charities have limited capacity to respond to enquiries and offers of support at this unprecedented time. The charities and community groups referred to in this document are registered with the Charity Commission, helping to provide reassurance that your donation will reach the people most in need.
London based charities seeking financial support for Ukraine:
- The Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal from the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain has a Go Fund Me page supported by other UK based Ukrainian organisations.
- British-Ukrainian Aid is a charity supporting people injured or displaced by the conflict. They are currently appealing specifically for funds for medical supplies.
- Lumos’ Emergency Appeal is working to help Ukrainian children currently stuck in orphanages in Ukraine and the thousands at risk of displacement and family separation.
- With Ukraine is a fund set up by the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK. The fund will provide humanitarian assistance to the population of Ukraine.
There are many Ukrainian charities doing essential work on the ground in Ukraine and its neighbouring countries:
- Sunflower of Peace are fundraising for first aid supplies and medical backpacks which will be distributed to paramedics and doctors working in Ukraine.
- Voices of Children specifically help children affected by the conflict through delivering art therapy programmes, access to psychologists and video storytelling.
- International organisations including Save the Children and the British Red Cross both have emergency appeals to help Ukraine.
Whilst the London Plus document referred to above is currently advertising some volunteer vacancies, our research into these has found them to have now been filled or their websites simply unable to load given the volume of demand and interest. We will continue to monitor over the coming weeks.
Donations of goods:
There are some small, London-based organisations with direct links to Ukraine who are currently sending donations to the country and have specific requests for supplies. Details of those closest to Marble Arch (within a 30-minute drive) are provided below, although please do bear in mind that most current advice is to donate money wherever possible.
- The University College London School of Slavonic Studies are collecting packing boxes for their students who are sending items to Ukrainian refugees.
- Smith’s Farm Community Centre has a drop off for emergency medical supplies which are being regularly shipped to Ukraine.
Useful sources of support:
For further information you may find the following websites useful sources of support:
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
University College London, School of Slavonic Studies