Many of us feel very helpless in relation to the war in Ukraine. But there are a few things we can do to help:
- The Borders and Nationality Bill has been to the House of Lords with a recommendation to remove clause 11, and is due to have its final reading in the House of Commons this week. This is relevant to Ukrainian refugees and all other refugees, and members are urged to write to their MP. Here is a model drafted by Rene Cassin you might like to use.
- You can register for the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme here. Phase one of the scheme opened for formal applications on Friday, March 18th.
- You can send funds to Ukrainians through the World Jewish Relief, the World Union for Progressive Judaism, or the DEC (Disasters Emergency Campaign) Humanitarian Appeal – Red Cross.
- The Charity ‘Goods for Good’ are collecting goods to go to organisations helping refugees directly in the Ukraine and those crossing the borders into Poland and Romania. Particular items have been requested for now, and you can find them here. The goods you collect can be taken to Woodside Leisure Centre, Horseshoe Lane, Watford, Herts WD25 7HH, at any time during the Leisure Centre’s opening hours. If you can print out this label , please do, and label your box accordingly. Otherwise, please write clearly on your donations: ‘HUMANITARIAN AID – GOODS FOR GOOD’. Thank you.
- Rabbi Jonathan Romain of Maidenhead Reform Synagogue has created a list where people can declare their willingness to house Ukrainian refugees in anticipation of when they are permitted to come to the UK. To get involved, contact Rabbi Romain on email@example.com