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Tuesday, 15 March 2022 10:19

Help for Ukraine

 

We have all been shocked and moved by the unfolding crisis in Ukraine and many people are looking for ways they can help.

You won't be surprised to hear that the vast majority of parishes in the Diocese of Derby have initiated some form of appeal to help the people of Ukraine who are suffering so much - the latest figures from the Disasters Emergency Committee estimate that around 2.5 million people have fled their homes to escape conflict in their homeland.

It is thought that more than 18 million people will be affected by the conflict.

We are receiving scores of questions about whether empty rooms in parsonages - and vacant parsonages - can be offered to house Ukrainian refugees.

The Church of England is expected to offer guidance on this issue at the end of this week.

Meanwhile, the C of E has produced a toolkit for churches responding to the crisis in Ukraine [PDF] and some advice on the Homes For Ukraine Scheme.

Further guidance can be found here.

 

Donations

Many agencies are now saying that transporting donations of goods to Ukraine and the neighbouring countries who are receiving refugees is not cost effective and impractical with many lorries now backed up at borders and unable to deliver.

Please avoid organising charitable collection of toys, clothes and bedding as this is often inappropriate and not what is most needed.

So the main way to support is through donating money to charities already set up to co-ordinate funds where they are needed the most.

USPG and the Church of England Diocese in Europe have launched an emergency appeal to get aid to people in desperate need because of the invasion of Ukraine.

Funds raised by the appeal will support Christian charities and churches carrying out humanitarian work both in Ukraine and responding to the arrival of refugees in neighbouring countries.

To find out more and to donate to the UPSG and Church of England Diocese in Europe Emergency Appeal Fund click here.

The other recommended route is via The Disasters Emergency Committee. Your gift will help provide food, bedding and temporary accommodation for people who have fled the conflict in Ukraine.

 

Prayers

Churches across the diocese continue to hold prayer vigils which you can join.

The Church of England website also has a page of resources including prayers and readings chosen for prayer services for Ukraine.

The UK government has announced it is developing a new humanitarian sponsorship programme that will allow an unlimited number of Ukrainian families to come to the UK.

The Sanctuary Foundation is asking individuals, community groups, churches, schools and businesses to register their interest in becoming a sponsor when the scheme is developed.

Find out more about how you can get involved here.

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