A message of solidarity from Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Moran:
"What we are seeing on our television screens is truly horrifying and shocking. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people at this dark time.
"Our thoughts and prayers are also with our Ukrainian residents in the Borough who will be deeply distressed and worried about friends and family caught up in the fighting. We sincerely hope a diplomatic solution can be found to stop this conflict."
Lancashire Refugee Integration Team
We are working closely with Lancashire County Council to meet the needs of refugees coming to the UK and sponsors who have offered accommodation to those fleeing the war in Ukraine. If you live in Lancashire and need support to bring Ukrainian relatives over to the United Kingdom, or can offer accommodation, Lancashire County Council's Refugee Integration Team can assist with ongoing support.
Please email: RITTeam@lancashire.gov.uk with your contact details and their team will be in touch within 24 hours.
Homes for Ukraine Scheme
The UK is one of the most generous nations in the world and the British public are now being asked to go one step further and open their homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Moving to the UK from Ukraine
Other Ways to Help:
We understand that many people will want to help and show support for the people of Ukraine during this troubling time. There are several organisations who are helping in the humanitarian appeal and who would welcome any support you can give.
Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
The Disasters Emergency Committee is providing urgent humanitarian aid for families who are fleeing the conflict.
Your entire donation goes to charities, including the British Red Cross and Oxfam, who are on the borders where Ukrainians have fled - and on the front line in Ukraine itself. Your donation will help fund a wide range of vital support including:
Providing food, first aid, clean water, shelter support, warm clothing, hygiene parcels and medicines
Supporting hospitals and healthcare facilities
Supporting fire fighters and civil protection units
Training people up in life-saving first aid
Helping families stay in contact with each other
Educating people on the risks of explosives
Repairing vital infrastructure
Helping to repair homes, healthcare centres, and community centres
The most important thing that anyone can do to help out in this crisis is to donate money. The Red Cross says that cash donations are by far the quickest, safest and most direct way to help people in a humanitarian crisis. It doesn't matter how much you can afford to give – every single penny makes a difference. The information below shows how your donation could be spent.
The UK Government will match donations from the public pound-for-pound up to £20 million, meaning your support will go even further.
UNICEF is especially concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children who have become separated from their families, working round the clock to keep families safe.
Not everyone is able to give money, so the Red Cross has some great advice for people who would like to donate items:
"There are local organisations in the UK who are collecting things, such as clothing and blankets who often have links to partners organisations in Ukraine or in border countries.
"If you have items you want to donate we'd encourage you to:
- Look for any local charity that may be collecting
- Check what they need so you can donate the right items
- Ask if they can transport the items before donating to them."