Offers of accommodation for refugees.
On Friday 18th March Jane Hutt Minister for Social Justice announced that the Welsh Government will be a super-sponsor of the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine Refugees Scheme.
As a super-sponsor the Welsh Government has drawn on its experience of welcoming refugees from Syria and Afghanistan. This means that local authorities and third sector organisations across Wales will be fully involved in the scheme. This will ensure that refugees have access to wrap-around services, including access to health services, counselling and potentially specialist services for people who are suffering from trauma as a result of the conflict.
People arriving via the super-sponsor route will initially come to one of the welcome centres, which are being set up around Wales and from there, they will go on to medium and longer-term accommodation.
The scheme, which opened on March 26th will enable people from Ukraine who do not have existing family connections here to obtain a visa to come to the UK for up to the three years.
Transport for Wales has confirmed Ukrainian refugees will be able to access free travel while they are settling in Wales by showing a Ukraine passport to conductors and station staff for a period of six months.
There is a warm welcome waiting in Wales for all those coming from Ukraine and the generosity of people in Wales continues to be truly overwhelming. If your offer of accommodation is still available then you can register your details for the Homes for Ukraine scheme using the following link.
Information about Wales for refugees.
Where to donate.
There are many different organisations who are now fundraising, but it’s important that donations are made to organisations who can get the help to those who need it as quickly as possible.
Please make financial donations to
DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
My crowdfunder – now closed
[March 2] I was asked by people I know personally in the Ukraine for financial assistance, to purchase specific medical equipment for use in hospitals, so I and my team set up a a crowdfunder to raise funds.
The initial target was £5,000, but the generosity of the Welsh people, and some from further afield, meant that donations reached over £43,000. I’m incredibly grateful for every single donation, large or small.
The crowdfunder is now closed. I will make this whole process transparent and post details on this page.
Donations of items
At the moment, many people are asking where they can send donations of items.
At this time, I ask people to wait until we know exactly what the situation is. The priority at the moment is financial donations to organisations who can get aid to where it needs to go.
I will update this page and provide further details when calls for donations of items are made.