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Assistance for those affected by the war in Ukraine


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3 March 2022 From Corinne Garvie, District Councillor for Girton, Dry Drayton and Madingley

Cllr.garvie@scambs.gov.uk 07780 932267


As we watch the terrible events in Ukraine unfold, our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine. The horrors of war, as shown in the photographs and videos on the news media, is impossible to overstate. The Council has pledged to support people fleeing the Ukraine and is calling for a national resettlement programme to be set up by the Government so that this can happen. Councillors have said that the Council will play their part and work to identify local homes for refugees leaving the warzone if needed. You can read the Council’s position in full here: pledge to support people fleeing Ukraine. We hear and empathise with the anxiety and concern of residents who want to do something to help those affected and we want to help by signposting people who wish to offer support in response to the humanitarian crisis.


Local organisation Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action – which ordinarily works to take regular convoys of donated items to refugees in Calais – has advised that it is NOT currently collecting items for Ukraine. They suggest instead that donations of money is a much more effective way of helping the aid organisations that are working in the region.

In line with this recommendation, the Local Government Association (LGA) has provided Councils with this link to BBC News online where it suggests people should direct their support to organisations including:

Additionally, the Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, has suggested donating money through the Ukrainian Embassy’s With Ukraine fund. The money will be spent on providing humanitarian assistance to the civilian population and to purchase medical and military supplies for Ukraine's army.

You may also have seen overnight that the UK Government has committed to matching the donations made by people in the UK to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which similarly provides food, water, shelter, healthcare and protection to people fleeing Ukraine.


In addition to donating, another practical thing that we can all do is to be careful not to unwittingly distribute misinformation or propaganda about the situation by sharing articles, images or videos that we see online which are fake or misleading. The Full Fact organisation has some useful tips on how to spot false information online and sharing these tips within our communities can help. Here are links to their posts on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Please note that this information was collated on Thursday 3 March 2022. Due to the fast-changing nature of the situation, it is clearly not possible to create an exhaustive list of the organisations supporting the local and national effort. If there are significant changes, we will share the information via social media or with another Community Update.


UPDATE 4/3/2022 16.41 from Corinne  Garvie, District Councillor

The Local Government Association  had met with the Ukrainian Ambassador. They need money not items.

He suggested giving money to the Red Cross.




Local Response to the War in Ukraine From David Wyatt:
We are going to hold a fund-raising event for the people of Ukraine, next Sunday afternoon 13th March 2022, from 3.00 to 4.30pm in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton. There will be tea/coffee/squash and cakes. All donations to Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal. Everyone is welcome. We will continue to be Covid-safe by removing the chairs from the Nave and ensuring mask wearing, except when eating and drinking of course!!