Support for Ukraine

Homes for Ukraine

The Homes for Ukraine scheme will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation for Ukrainian refugees.

The scheme opened on 18 March for visa applications from Ukrainians and immediate family members who already have named people willing to sponsor them.

Oxford residents wanting to be sponsors who do not know anyone personally fleeing Ukraine can record their interest in being a sponsor at homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk.

The Government has also provided answers to frequently asked questions for those interested in becoming a sponsor.

Guidance for Ukrainian nationals

The Government has created a website listing advice for Ukrainian nationals. This includes advice on:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme, which allows Ukrainians who have family in the UK to come to or stay in the UK
  • Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine, which enables people and organisations – such as charities, businesses and community groups – to sponsor Ukrainians who do not have established families in the country, so they can come to the UK
  • Extending visas for Ukrainians already in the UK

The Government has also provided a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK, with information and advice on support and services for them.

Oxfordshire Community & Voluntary Action (OCVA) has created a webpage listing local organisations that offer support and advice to refugees in Oxfordshire.

Making a donation

Oxford organisations fundraising for Ukraine:

Nationally, the Disasters Emergency Committee – a coalition of 15 leading UK charities – has launched a collective fundraising appeal to provide emergency aid and rapid relief to civilians suffering during the conflict.

Other registered charities actively fundraising for Ukraine include:

Oxford partnership stands ready

Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and a wide range of partners have worked closely over recent years to support refugees arriving in Oxford.

This has involved:

  • The City Council supporting refugees to find housing and access services, including English classes, employment support, and social support
  • The County Council providing adult and children’s services, and education
  • Refugee charities – including Asylum Welcome, Refugee Resource, Aspire and Connection Support – providing advice, connections and support services, including mental health support
  • Businesses providing mentoring and skills development, and assistance into employment
  • Oxford’s universities providing education skills support
  • Community groups providing local advice, social connections and support for families

This partnership approach has helped dozens of families on resettlement schemes – including from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan – to find a home in Oxford over recent years.

The partnership stands ready to support Ukrainian refugees.