I’m sure we’re not the only ones solemnly watching the news and having sleepless nights worrying about what’s happening in the Ukraine. We’ve been looking for ways in which people in the United Kingdom can help those caught up in the conflict. This article, written by Tobi Thomas and published by The Guardian on Thursday 24 February, is a good starting point:
“Russia’s invasion and bombing campaign has sparked outrage, with many in the UK asking how they can help the people of the Ukraine.
1. Support local charities.
“There are several Ukrainian charities working on the ground. Sunflower of Peace is a charity that helps paramedics and doctors, and has been fundraising for supplies, which includes first aid medical tactical backpacks.
United Help Ukraine focuses on providing medical supplies and humanitarian aid, and raising awareness of the conflict.
Voices of Children aims to help children affected by the war in eastern Ukraine, providing support through art therapy, psychologists, video storytelling and a number of other methods.
“The British Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to help Ukraine. The charity will be updating its webpage with news on the work its team is doing, and how support will be used to help people.
2. Support local journalism
“English-language news outlets based in the country, such as Kyiv Independent and the New Voice of Ukraine, are covering developments on the ground as the conflict unfolds, using local journalists. The Kyiv Independent says it was created by journalists in order to defend editorial independence. This site on Twitter covers many local journalists in Ukraine.
3. Write to your local MP
“This can be a way to lobby the British government to place further sanctions on the Russian government and its associates. You can get in touch with your local MP via email or post to their constituency address. Instructions on how to get in touch can be found on parliament.uk. “
Image: Kiev, Ukraine.