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Support for refugees and people in crisis

Thank you for your interest in wanting to support refugees and people in crisis. Leicester has been welcoming refugees from around the world for many years. We are now preparing to offer that same hand of friendship to people fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Cash donations

One of the best ways to help is by donating cash through trusted charities, rather than donating goods. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it is needed and allows aid organisations to buy the most essential items.

If you want to support those providing humanitarian relief in Ukraine you can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal.

DEC charities are working with local partners to provide refugees and displaced people with food, water, blankets, hygiene items, medical assistance, protection and trauma care.

Ukraine: items of urgent need

We have also met with the Ukrainian community in Leicester. They are accepting donations of specific items only, to deliver to the Polish/Ukrainian border. To find out more, and see a list of items needed, go to the Leicester Ukrainian Community website.

Giving safely

Lot of organisations in the UK and overseas have launched appeals, and people may wish to donate through these organisations instead. Here are some simple steps to take to ensure donations are safe and being used effectively:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at gov.uk/checkcharity (English and Welsh charities only)
  • Most charities with an income of £5,000 or more must be registered, which means they are regulated by the Charity Commission. (English and Welsh charities only)
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information.
  • If in doubt, ask the charity or organisation for more information.

Other support for refugees

If you are still keen to help you could make a financial donation or offer your time to one of the local or national charities in the city that supports refugees and unaccompanied asylum seekers from all over the world. These include: