I am proud that Swansea is a City of Sanctuary. We have a history of welcoming people of different nationalities, ethnicities and religions as well as those fleeing war and persecution in other countries.
I know residents across Swansea & Gower will want to do their bit to support those who have been forced to flee their homes because of the invasion. Here is how you can help. #StandWithUkraine
The current advice from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is that the best way to support the people of Ukraine is through cash donations with more details available by following this link: https://www.dec.org.uk/
With many logistical routes closed and transportation systems under significant pressure, sending physical goods could add more stress to the situation on the ground.
Making cash donations, to organisations responding to the crisis in Ukraine, allows for emergency relief goods to be sourced locally.
Supermarket ABC, 18 Woodfield Street, Morriston, SA6 8QA
The Polish Shop in Woodfield Street, Morriston are accepting donations for Ukrainians who have fled to Poland.
They are accepting toiletries and nappies only and they are asking for liquid soap not solid soap.
Gosia Hairdressers, Shoppers Walk, Swansea, SA1 3AY
The Fountain Inn, 111 Bolgoed Rd, Pontarddulais, SA4 8JP
If you want to donate, I can store some items here, then box them up and distribute to various agencies:
1.Medical supplies ( bandages, plasters, etc )
2 Nappies, Baby Wipes etc no toys or clothes
3. Hygiene items e.g soap toothpaste etc
Community Hall on Vardre Road, Clydach, Swansea, SA6 5LP
Toiletries and medical supplies
The Presbytery, Waunlanyrafon, Llanelli SA15 3AB by the church
Contact Gosia Kujawa
Groszek polish shop, 11 cowell Street, Llanelli SA15 1UU
Contact z Izabela Milena Witcza
Homes for Ukraine
The UK Government has set up two routes for people fleeing the war in Ukraine to seek safety and sanctuary in the UK and Wales.
If people in the Ukraine have family ties in the UK they can apply for a visa through the Ukraine Family Scheme. This scheme allows people to join their family members or extend their stay in the UK. It is free to apply and people will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds.
The other route is the Homes for Ukraine scheme, which is specially designed for people in Ukraine who do not have family links in the UK. It allows people in the UK to sponsor someone in Ukraine to come and live in the UK.
People in Wales can sign up for the Homes for Ukraine scheme, offer to become a sponsor and offer a space in their home to someone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine to live for at least six months. People signing up to the scheme via the Homes for Ukraine website can be matched with people escaping the war in Ukraine who want to come to the UK.
Helpline and support
Guidance on the support available to Ukrainian nationals and their family members can be found on GOV.UK, including detail on the latest information on Ukraine visa schemes and resettlement.
If you need any assistance, call the free 24 hour helpline on +44 808 164 8810 (0808 164 8810 if you’re in the UK). If you cannot contact UK 0808 numbers, please use +44 (0)175 390 7510.
The situation in Ukraine may be traumatic for family members, friends and those currently in living in Wales. The CALL (Community Advice & Listening Line) Mental Health helpline is available 24 hours a day to listen and provide support. Call 0800 132737 or text ‘Help’ to 81066.
Homes for Ukraine: Safeguarding and modern slavery guidance
Advice on how public bodies can help protect people living in households from Ukraine: https://gov.wales/homes-ukraine-safeguarding-and-modern-slavery-guidance
Ukraine: Guidance on childcare
Advice for childcare providers and local authorities on childcare for people from Ukraine: https://gov.wales/ukraine-guidance-childcare
Helpline for sponsors and people in Ukraine
Sponsors in Wales can call the free helpline on 0808 175 1508 for advice.
For Ukrainian nationals and their families United Kingdom visa and settlement support is available on GOV UK.
For help to apply to come to the United Kingdom, call this number free on +44 808 164 8810.
Call 0808 164 8810 if you are in the UK. If you cannot contact UK 0808 numbers call +44 (0)175 390 7510.