Ukraine - welcoming Ukrainian guests and information on support

Last reviewed:  Tuesday 3 May 2022

This page will be updated regularly with links to UK Government announcements on Ukraine and how to offer support.

In response to the crisis and rapidly changing situation in Ukraine, many people in Solihull are looking for ways they can help refugees and people caught up in the conflict.

We want to reach out to all of our Ukrainian residents, and anyone with friends and families affected by, or concerned about, events in Ukraine. The information on this webpage will be able to direct you to official sources of information, advice and opportunities to provide practical help and support.

Welcome to Solihull

Solihull welcomes our guests from Ukraine.

Our arrivals leaflet can help you find and use local health services.

Welcome to Solihull leaflet - English

Ласкаво просимо до Соліхалла - Ukrainian

Добро пожаловать в Солихалл - Russian

Information and advice

Visit GOV.UK for the UK Government's response to the crisis, what you can do to help, travel advice and UK visa support. 

The Homes for Ukraine scheme is now open for applications from Ukrainians with a named eligible sponsor in the UK. Solihull Council have put together a factsheet which explains what to consider before applying to be a host.

Solihull Homes for Ukraine factsheet

The Homes for Ukraine scheme allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses across the UK to offer a room or home to Ukrainians escaping the war, regardless of whether they have ties to the country. Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but the expectation is a minimum of 6 months. Individuals that want to be hosts will be required to have a DBS check.

For more information see the Homes for Ukraine Scheme FAQs. If you require further assistance contact refugees@solihull.gov.uk.

The West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership provides local support and strategic leadership to ensure that the West Midlands can respond to and engage with migration. They have recently set up a page on their website specifically about Ukraine which has information about support for Ukrainian residents, the UK Humanitarian Route and what people can do to help

How you can help

There are many ways you can help with the situation in Ukraine. You can help families and children caught in the conflict by donating money or items to keep them safe, warm and fed.

Donations

Global charities operating in the UK and Ukraine are appealing for funds to offer aid in the humanitarian crisis.

Among the organisations collecting funds for Ukraine include:

  • The British Red Cross, which has launched an appeal to help the Ukrainian Red Cross to provide food, medicine, clothing and shelter, as well as first aid training in bomb shelters and, in the last few days, 15,000 litres of drinking water to villages in eastern Ukraine
  • The UNHCR refugee agency, which is funding emergency shelters, repairs for homes damaged by shelling, emergency cash assistance, psychological support and warm clothing  
  • Save the Children, which is providing cash assistance, food and other support to refugees crossing into Romanian and Lithuania, as well as in Ukraine itself
  • The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, the largest representative body for Ukrainians in the UK, are working with accredited and registered Ukrainian charities to provide medicines, food and critical services to support the most vulnerable to overcome the consequences and trauma of war.

For further information on how and where you can help, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Donating safely

Solihull Council, in line with the Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator, is urging the public to ‘give safely’ to registered charities helping and supporting those affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

Residents are therefore advised to give to a registered charity, to have assurance that their donations contribute to the right causes.

People looking to donate to causes working in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, can quickly check a charity’s name and registration number on the GOV.UK website and a dedicated Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) page has been established, where funds for Ukraine are being collectively raised.

When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently, and residents are therefore encouraged to give funding to this cause if they would like to donate.