As the humanitarian crisis erupts in Ukraine, many in the UK are looking for ways they can help refugees fleeing the fighting and those who remain in the country.
Here are some practical steps you can take to help Ukrainians Everyone.
Turn on your thermostat
It doesn’t sound like “many gestures” but lowering your thermostat by 1C is one of the few ways that “ordinary people in Europe and around the world” can have an impact, GuardiansEnvironmental reporter Fiona Harvey.
The global energy watchdog, the International Energy Agency, has launched a 10-point proposal showing how Europe could cut Russian gas consumption approximately “about a third” through the implementation of measures that include having customers reduce their thermostats by just 1C from an average of 22C to 21C.
It is a change that “most people will hardly notice” but could save Europe nearly 10 billion cubic meters of its 155 billion annual imports from Russia, ultimately preventing money from “flowing into the coffers.” of Russia against the Kremlin’s war,” Harvey said.
Welcoming Ukrainian refugees
Boris Johnson says Britons will be able to open homes to Ukrainian refugees under a new visa scheme, reports Sky News. Households will be provided with £350 a month to house refugees.
Housing Minister Michael Gove is expected to lay out the details of a new “funded” humanitarian route to allow Ukrainians with no family links to the UK to come to the country. The program will “include a hotline and website where individuals, charities, businesses and community groups will be able to provide rooms for those escaping conflict,” the broadcaster said. .
Refugees entering through this new route are expected to be able to live and work in the UK for the first 12-month period and will be paired with those already offered free accommodation.
Sean Ryan, Save the Children’s communications director, told BBC that one of the best ways Britons can help is by “cash donations” to humanitarian charities.
He told the broadcaster that “collecting supplies like blankets or baby formula means transporting heavy goods hundreds of miles”. But “cash can get to people quickly to buy essentials,” Ryan said.
Other organizations donating funds to Ukraine include the British Red Cross, refugee agency UNHCR, Unicef, the Disaster Emergency Committee (an umbrella group of 15 of the UK’s top aid charities. ) and the Association of Ukrainians in the UK, the largest representative body for Ukrainians in the UK.
Many local initiatives are also being organized to collect items such as blankets, food and medicine to send to Ukraine. The Ukrainian Social Club in Holland Park, west London, “accepted donations of clothing and medical supplies”, said Timeand has “called for volunteers to help sort and pack the items”.
The Refugee Council says people living in the UK can volunteer with their organization to assist refugees arriving in the UK.
Local collection points may also need volunteers to help receive and organize donations before they are sent abroad to Ukraine, The Times reports.
But Foreign office advises against traveling to Ukraine, warns: “If you are traveling to eastern Ukraine to fight or to assist others involved in the conflict, your activities could constitute a counterterrorism crime. of the UK or other laws and you may be prosecuted upon returning to the UK. ”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/uk-news/956066/how-can-people-in-the-uk-help-ukraine How can people in the UK help Ukraine?