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We Stand with Ukraine

West Devon Borough Council is joining other Councils in Devon in flying the Ukrainian National Flag to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine, their loved ones and relatives around the world.

Ukrainian Flag at KP

Last week Councillors added their support to the joint statement issued by Devon County Council on behalf of all Local Authorities in Devon. All Devon authorities pledged to work together to support Ukrainian refugees seeking sanctuary in the UK, and condemned Russia's actions. All have agreed to give particular support to families in Devon whose relatives in Ukraine are fleeing the conflict.

Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council said: "It has been truly heart-breaking to watch the events unfold in Ukraine.  I cannot imagine what it must be like for those people caught up in the conflict.  Everyone at West Devon Borough Council is deeply saddened by what is going on and we would like the people of Ukraine to know that we condemn the actions of the aggressors. You are in our thoughts and prayers.  This week we have heard about the Government's scheme to offer a route to those who want to come to the UK, if there is someone here willing to give them a home.

"The Government has now launched its Homes for Ukraine campaign and people who wish to offer accommodation to a Ukrainian household can register on the Government's website. As a council we are awaiting further guidance (due to be issued later this week), on the role we will play in facilitating these efforts. Like us, I am sure you want to do your bit to help as well, here are the links that you will need to make a donation or offer a home. Thank you. Together we stand with Ukraine." 

With so many people across Europe wanting to provide aid and support to the people of Ukraine, it is important that we send our donations to those people who are experts in providing humanitarian aid.

The Council's advice would be to make a donation via one of the links below. With the needs of the Ukrainians' and the refuges in a fluid state at the moment, we strongly suggest that a donation to the main aid agencies is the best way that you can help

At the next meeting of West Devon's Full Council, Councillors will also be asked to consider the Council giving a grant to the Disaster's Emergency Appeal fund to support the cause. 

How you can help

  • The fastest way to help is to donate to a DEC appeal by donating online.  Visit DEC website or you can call 01204 770822
  • Sponsor (provide a home) for someone to live in the UK a minimum expectation of 6 months. Visit Homes for Ukraine for more information.
  • To make a donation towards the UN's humanitarian work, please visit Ukrainian Humanitarian Fund UN Crisis Relief
  • You can also make a donation via the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal
  • There are many other charities collecting donations, both financial and supplies such as food and clothing. The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator have urged the public to 'give safely' to registered charities helping and supporting those affected by the invasion of Ukraine. Please contact your local community groups to see who's collecting.

Further information

  • If you are a resident with friends and family in Ukraine and need information or support about what is happening please contact the Ukrainian Embassy
  • For information on travel advice to and from Ukraine visit UK
  • Find immigration advice on temporary concessions for Ukrainian nationals applying to join a family route at Gov.UK.
  • There is further support and information here

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