Help for Ukrainian refugees
We are ready to do all we can to help refugees fleeing Ukraine.
Advice and support is available from Cumbria County Council and central government.
Refugees in Cumbria
Cumbria County Council is the lead authority for refugee resettlement in Cumbria.
Some of the details are still being worked out. Cumbria County Council will be working with partners to provide support to refugees and their sponsors.
Homes for Ukraine Scheme
Homes for Ukraine is a government led scheme, administered by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). If you want to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine, you can become a ‘sponsor’ as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
The .GOV website includes Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions.
As Cumbria prepares to welcome refugees escaping the war in Ukraine, the Community Foundation is encouraging donations to the Welcome Fund.
The Fund provides a single point for collection of donations from individuals, families, businesses, charitable trusts and other organisations wishing to support refugees and asylum seekers. The Fund assists the coordination of efforts in support of people in need.
Funds raised will support individuals and families who are refugees and/or asylum seekers living in Cumbria. Hardship grants will help to relieve hardship and address needs not covered by the Government. Funds will also be distributed to local groups and organisations providing a broad range of assistance and support, from the provision of essential items to family support and community integration.
The money donated to the Fund will be used for charitable purposes in relation to:
1. The relief of hardship of refugees and/or asylum seekers placed in the county of Cumbria
2. Support for refugees and/or asylum seekers to integrate into the communities of Cumbria.
To make a donation online, visit the Cumbria Community Foundation website.
Alternatively you can donate funding to established national charities such as the Red Cross or to the Disasters Emergency Committee which brings together leading aid charities.