I’m proud of Wales’ phenomenal response in support of Ukraine. As a Nation of Sanctuary, we stand ready to welcome refugees from Ukraine displaced by Russian invasion.
The community spirit in Cardiff North has been incredibly heartening. I’ve been overwhelmed with messages, with many feeling helpless but asking me how they can show their support. One of the best ways you can support is through a cash donation through a reputable charity with an operation on the ground in Ukraine already.
I’ve seen some fantastic efforts locally for collecting supplies that then need to be transported and processed, but cash donations can reach people quickly and buy what is needed. Here’s a few things we can do.
Disasters Emergency Committee: https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
Give to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal: https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal
Save the Children Ukraine Appeal: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/europe/ukraine
Oxfam Ukraine Appeal: https://bit.ly/35Ki6Bu
Support Mick Antoniw MS’s appeal to purchase medical equipment to treat traumas and casualties as a result of the invasion:https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/helpukraine
*OFFER A SPARE ROOM TO REFUGEES*
Connect with charities who match you with refugees or asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay. Hosts must be vetted, so start the process today! https://www.refugeesathome.org
Keep an eye out for local businesses sharing initiatives to support the people of Ukraine like the Flower Lodge and Siop Sero in Rhiwbina, Cardiff North:https://www.facebook.com/FlowerLodgeCardiff/posts/10160123538183336 and https://www.facebook.com/siopsero
*KEEP UP TO DATE*
Keep up to date with the work and events organised by Voice of Ukraine Wales: https://www.facebook.com/ukraine.wales/ – only share news from legitimate, trusted sources.
*STAND IN SOLIDARITY*
Stand in solidarity with refugees by joining Refugee Council’s calls to increase safe routes for refugees instead of removing them: https://bit.ly/3IATolG
Share the impressive mural that has appeared overnight in Cardiff in support of the people of Ukraine: https://nation.cymru/culture/the-stunning-ukraine-flag-street-art-that-has-appeared-in-cardiff/
Attend vigils, meetings and demonstrations in support of the people of Ukraine if you feel comfortable.