Ways to Help Ukraine

We have received a number of requests from people across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside looking for ways to help in the current crisis in Ukraine. We share the concerns of our communities and member organisations about the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

We have collected information below on ways you can help.

Fundraising

Greater Manchester Community Response Fund: Ukraine Crisis

We all want to do what we can to support the people of Ukraine due to the horrific attack on their country.

Charities, community groups, faith groups and social enterprises across Greater Manchester are all too aware of the support needed in Ukraine and neighbouring countries – and we support national and local appeals seeking to send donations to those places.

However, we are also aware that people are fleeing from the war and seeking refuge in Greater Manchester. We are therefore working together to put in place welcome and support, working alongside local authorities and those who are offering to accommodate people arriving from Ukraine.

To help this work we are launching the Greater Manchester Community Response Fund: Ukraine Crisis. Our fund has two components:

  1. A hardship fund to give small amounts of money to people arriving from Ukraine, if needed - distributed through trusted community partners
  2. Small grants to local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations that are playing an active, practical role in providing support: to help cover the costs of things like transport, volunteer expenses, purchasing emergency items, etc.

You can help by donating via JustGiving: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/GM4Ukraine

All donations received will be split with 50% going to the hardship fund and 50% going towards local organisations which are making a difference. The funding will be overseen by the local VCSE sector infrastructure organisations: Salford CVS, Macc, Bolton CVS and Action Together, in collaboration with Europia and other partners, including: Caritas Salford, Caritas Shrewsbury, Foundation 92, Manchester City of Sanctuary, The Pankhurst Trust.

Other ways you can help

We’ve compiled a list of other ways to give help and support, including local and national appeals:

Appeals

Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) have launched the #HelpUkraine emergency appeal. AUGB have local branches in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside and 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.

DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. The UK Government will match pound-for-pound up to £20 million donated by the public to this appeal.

UK-Med's Ukraine Appeal to support their medical assessment team on the ground in Ukraine.

Europia's fundraiser for Ukraine to support both those in the country and refugees in Poland, Romania and Moldova.

Citizens UK Crowdfunder to support Ukrainian refugees to find safety in the UK.

British Red Cross Appeal to help the British Red Cross provide food, water, medicines, first aid, warm clothes and shelter.

Refugee Crisis Appeal from The Refugee Council, at the moment every donation made will be doubled up to a value of £250,000. 

The Embassy of Ukraine to the UK has set up a special fund to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine's civilian population. 

Donating Locally

Local organisations are establishing collections and donation points to support people affected. We expect these appeals to be time-limited and they may change depending on needs.

Campaigns

Action Together is a member of Together With Refugees, a coalition of organisations that believe in a more compassionate approach to refugees. You can support the campaign in a range of ways.

Homes for Ukraine

If you want to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine, you can become a ‘sponsor’ as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme. You can register as an individual or as an organisation.

Reset Communities and Refugees is helping register and match refugees from Ukraine with sponsors across the UK. You can register your interest in sponsoring a refugee fleeing Ukraine.

Resources

Reset have produced this guide on the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

City of Sanctuary have written this article on things to consider before applying to sponsor a refugee.

The Ukrainian Institute, London has produced a guide that explains what you can do to support Ukraine and Ukrainians.

The BBC have published this article that covers what people in the UK can do to help.

Visit our Helping children understand the war/address worries page for resources on talking to children and young people about the war.

In kind donations

Understandably, many people have wanted to donate goods and supplies to be sent to people in Ukraine. At Action Together and 10GM we recognise this generosity, however at the moment practical and logistical constraints mean that we are only seeking monetary donations. Please do not send any goods or supplies. As people from Ukraine start to arrive in Greater Manchester we will work across agencies to understand what their needs are and if donations are required, we will put out very specific requests with further information.

Below is information on local appeals by other organisations in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside. The information below is correct as of the time we received it, but please click through and contact local appeals directly for up-to-date information including if the appeal is ongoing and what items may be required.

Kaskosan Roma Charity

Are you concerned about Roma, the most vulnerable ethnic group exposed to the war in Ukraine and you don't know how to help them?

We are calling on all Gypsy, Roma and Traveler (GRT) charities, activists, British organisations, institutions and individuals to make donations to Roma, the most vulnerable victims of the war in Ukraine. 

According to reports received from Ukrainian Roma charities and Roma families, Roma are often denied access to public transportation including buses and trains and running away from the attacks of the Russian army becomes extremely challenging. Roma families and activists in Ukraine also reported a lack of equal access to humanitarian aid, shelter, medicine, water and transportation.Unfortunately, the anti-Gypsy sentiments have intensified with the war therefore the need to provide direct support to them to meet their needs is of crucial importance.

With KaskoSan Roma Charity in the North of England, we are supporting Ukrainian Roma families through Ando Glaso, registered Roma charity. All donations made to paypal@andoglaso.org will be equally distributed between Ukrainian Roma charities listed on the OPA! Roma cultural platform founded by Ando Glaso, Glasgow based Roma charity who has fully dedicated the OPA! platform to give full support to the cause of Ukrainian Roma.

To find out how to give support directly to the most active Ukrainian Roma activists and Roma charities, visit Opa Opa (opa-opa.org), Roma cultural platform in the U.K.

Please share this message in your networks as widely as possible.

Let us get Roma families' voices heard and their prayers answered! Thank you!

Oldham Community Ukraine Appeal

The Oldham Community donation appeal is now closed. There was a phenomenal response and donations collected from over 25 local business and community drop off points. The Wagon, packed full of donations, is leaving for Poland on Wednesday 9 March. The organiser, Sue Kershaw, would like to thank all those who have supported what has been an 'incredible' response.

 

Heywood - Holy Family RC & CE College and St Joseph's Church

Holy Family RC & CE College has agreed to be a local collection point for donations for Ukraine. The Polish Centre in Bury will be transporting items collected over to Ukraine with the first drop going on Friday. If you have any items on the list below, they would be greatly appreciated. Holy Family will be collecting for the foreseeable future.

  • Nappies
  • Wet wipes
  • Sanitary products (tampons and pads)
  • Tooth paste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Bath shower and hair products
  • Soap
  • First aid kit
  • Bandages
  • Dressing plasters
  • Thermal foil blankets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Baby bottles
  • Baby pacifier
  • Metal mugs
  • Binoculars
  • Clothing

Singleton’s Dance Academy, Mellor Street, Rochdale

Singleton’s Dance Academy, with Yorkshire-based charity Focus4Hope, are looking for donations of:

  • Children’s clothing
  • New socks and underwear
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Baby milk
  • Light packet food and water
  • Sleeping bags
  • Coats

Gemma Finbarr Smith lives opposite the dance studio so if anyone wants to donate, please ring or text on 07983 578638 so someone can pop over and unlock the door for you at pretty much any time.

Robert Nuttall Funeral Services, 269 Manchester Road

In the office Mon-Fri 10am-2pm and are contactable out of hours on 01706 645 750 or robertnuttall.rochdale@funeralpartners.co.uk

Items urgently needed are :

  • Children’s clothing
  • New socks and underwear
  • Baby milk
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Sleeping bags
  • Coats

Reuse Littleborough's Hub Church Street and Better Together, Yorkshire Street, Rochdale

Looking for:

  • Baby toiletries
  • Baby bottles
  • Nappies of all sizes
  • Unopened tins of all formula milk
  • Toddler food ( jars, tins )
  • Underwear for everyone
  • Sanitary items for women
  • Vitamin drinks
  • Dried food, pasta rice, soup
  • Sleeping bags

These will be loaded into containers for delivery to the refugee camps being set up on the Polish border.

 

Donating in Tameside

Association of Ukranians in Great Britain - Ashton UKR Centre

The Ashton branch are looking for donations of:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Disposable Nappies
  • First Aid Kits
  • Basic Medical Supplies
  • Sanitary Items
  • Toothbrushes / Toothpastes
  • Toiletries
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Milk Powder
  • Water Purifying Tablets
  • Torches and batteries

Please visit  AUGB - Ashton UKR Centre | Facebook for details about collection dates and times. These are organised by volunteers, so please check details before turning up.