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Support for Ukraine

We are deeply concerned about the conflict and humanitarian emergency in Ukraine. In standing with the people of Ukraine we, alongside our partner organisations are helping in any way we can, including resettling refugees locally. 

Homes for Ukraine scheme

The government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme offers a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. See the supporting government website.

It enables individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland. The visa application route opened on 18 March for sponsors and named contacts to apply to the scheme.

The government’s optional ‘thank you’ payment to sponsors has been increased from £350 to £550 per month from November 2022 until March 2023. It will be paid into bank accounts as a separate payment and will only apply when people host for more than half a full month. The increase will not be subject to tax and will not affect entitlement to any benefits.

On 14 December, the government announced a package of further support that is being made available to those who welcome Ukrainian guests through the Homes for Ukraine scheme. 

The government will be implementing two changes: 

  1. Payments to sponsors will now be made beyond the original 12 months of hosting and will continue for up to two years as long as guests remain with them.  
  2. At the point sponsors have been hosting guests for 12 months, they will be eligible to receive an increased payment from the government of £500 a month. 

The increase will not be subject to tax and will not affect entitlement to any benefits. 

Support for hosts and guests

Already, hundreds of people have applied to be hosts across the district and more applications are anticipated. Any host or guest who needs support and advice should contact our community support team either by email at communitysupport@southandvale.gov.uk or directly on 01235 422600 via option one. Phonelines are open 8.30am -5pm Mon-Thurs and 8.30am – 4.30pm Fri.

Guidance for Ukrainian nationals

The UK government has produced the following guidance for people from Ukraine:

Making a donation

Many people in the county want to do whatever they can to help, and one way is to make a donation.

The best current route to donate and support is via the Disasters Emergencies Committee. The UK Government has said it will match fund up to £20m. DEC works with 15 charities including Oxfam, Christian Aid and Save the Children.

There are a number of other international charities you can support:

Giving safely

If you’re looking to donate to causes working in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, you should make a few simple checks before giving:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at www.gov.uk/checkcharity
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information
  • Be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them
  • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with to understand how they are spending their funds
  • Look out for the Fundraising Badge on charity fundraising materials, this is the logo which shows that a charity has committed to fundraise in line with the Code of Fundraising Practice

Any queries

Please see the government’s information page or Oxfordshire County Council’s support page.

If you are not able to find the answer to your query from these sources, please email our Community Hub via communitysupport@southandvale.gov.uk and our team will do their best to help you.

You can also read our Homes for Ukraine privacy notice (PDF).