There are a number of different organisations in Bristol where people can either donate money or essential items such as first aid kits, warm blankets and medical equipment.
UNHCR head Filippo Grandi said that “this is the fastest-moving refugee crisis we have seen in Europe since the end of the second world war.”
A new initiative was launched yesterday by the UK Government to help house those displaced by the Ukraine conflict.
The scheme, called ‘Homes for Ukraine’, is the first official resettlement plan by the UK government to help people escaping the war in Ukraine. There will be no cap on the number of people from Ukraine coming into the UK.
A website was launched on 14 March where people can register their interest in housing a refugee, since launching thousands of people have registered their interest in housing a refugee.
As well as the new government initiative, a number of charities including the British Red Cross are taking donations for victims of the Ukraine war.
Here are a few places in Bristol where you can take your donations or make a financial contribution.
Emersons Green Village Hall Collection
The local hall has been transformed into a collection point for items that will be used to help people fleeing war torn Ukraine.
The organisers are constantly updating their list of required items on the village hall’s Facebook page.
The organisers announced this morning that the drop off point would be moving, due to the overwhelming response they received: “there has been such an overwhelming response to the Ukraine appeal that we are having to stop all drop off donations to the hall as from now.”
“So, so sorry for this but the small space in the hall that has been used, is not sufficient for the amount of donations received.”
The organisers have since launched an Amazon Wish List. The village hall announced that they are: “happy to accept these orders directly to pass to the organisers. Emersons Green Village Hall Emerson Way Emersons Green Bristol BS16 7AP.”
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross has launched a ‘Ukraine Crisis’ appeal to raise money and support people who have been affected by the Russian invasion.
Each donation will go towards buying medicine, food and blankets to those displaced by the conflict.
A spokesperson for the charity told BristolWorld the Red Cross crisis appeal was the fastest and most direct way of getting humanitarian aid to those most in need.
The closest Red Cross shop to Bristol city centre can be found at 35 Broad Street.
You can find more information about what the British Red Cross is doing to help the people of Ukraine by visiting the British Red Cross website.
Opening Time: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday Address: 35 Broad St, Bristol BS16 5LP
Save the Children
Save the Children charity is accepting donations from its shop at 24 Regent Street in Clifton. Additionally, you can make clothing donations which Save the Children will sell and use the money to support their work with people affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Save the Children is aiming at reaching more than 3.5 million vulnerable children affected by the conflict.
The charity is working to distribute essential items like food and blankets to people who have been displaced.
To find out more about how you can donate visit the Save the children website.
Opening Time: 10am - 4pm Thursday - Tuesday, 12pm - 4pm Wednesday, Closed Sunday Address: 24 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HG
Oxfam released a statement condemning the actions of Russia, and stated that they were horrified by the loss of life from the conflict.
Much like Save the Children, all items donated to them will be sold and the money used to help people fleeing a war torn Ukraine.
Oxfam does not send clothes overseas, said a spokesperson.
You can find out more information about how you can support Oxfam’s appeal by logging on to the official Oxfam website.
Opening Time: 10am - 5:30pm Monday - Saturday, 12pm - 4pm Sunday Address: 11 Regent St, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4HW