Refugee support

Ukrainian refugee support

The City of York stands in solidarity with refugees; we have a long and proud history of supporting refugees in York, and we're ready to do so again.

Support Ukraine and Ukrainians

Find out what you can do support Ukraine and Ukrainians from The Ukrainian Institute London, there's information about donations, demonstrations of support, and a link to UkraineNow for coordinating help related to evacuations, medical supplies, food, and hosting Ukrainians who have left the country.

York City of Sanctuary is looking at putting in place a community support network for Ukrainians. Any Ukrainians living in York, or anyone who has Ukrainian friends or relatives should get in touch with the charity, email: contact@yorkcos.org.uk.

An information guide for hosts and Ukrainian people is available on the York City of Sanctuary website. The guide has been produced by partners working together to provide advice, guidance and practical support and covers frequently asked questions and includes links to support services.

We know that lots of our residents feel strongly about the situation in Ukraine, and you want to help those affected by the Russian invasion.

See information on ways to support Ukrainian refugees and the support available to refugees themselves:

Organisations and appeals

While we're not collecting donations directly, you can support organisations and appeals, such as:

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Upcoming events and opportunities in York

To list events or opportunities to support Ukrainian people in York on this page, please email: refugeesupport@york.gov.uk.

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Homes for Ukraine

Register with the government's Homes for Ukraine if:

  • you can offer accommodation to a Ukrainian refugee
  • you’re a Ukrainian looking for a sponsor

The scheme requires potential sponsors to undertake a visa application naming a potential Ukrainian guest. York City of Sanctuary in partnership with City of York Council have setup a sponsorship matching register and a support network for refugees coming to York.

Please contact York City of Sanctuary if you are from Ukraine and are living in York or surrounding areas and want to help family and friends join the Homes for Ukraine scheme, email contact@yorkcos.org.uk

If you have accommodation and would like to sponsor a refugee from Ukraine, please fill out the form and register your interest in being a host or sponsor with York City of Sanctuary who will aim to link you with a Ukrainian refugee seeking a visa.

The council will be notified by UK government when a visa is granted, and we'll contact the sponsor to make a home visit to inspect your property and to undertake criminal record checks on you and your family.

The council will then support the sponsor and the guest(s) through a worker who will be assigned to you to ensure that guests receive a warm welcome, immediate financial help, all necessary practical support to access school places and other relevant services, and ongoing support as required to integrate successfully into life in York.

For information, advice and support about the Homes for Ukraine scheme in York, contact homesforukraine@york.gov.uk. You can also read some frequently asked questions about the government scheme.

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Ukraine Family Scheme

On Friday 4 March 2022, the UK launched the Ukraine Family Scheme. The Ukraine Family Scheme allows immediate and extended family members of British nationals, people settled in the UK, and certain others resident here, to come to the country.

Those granted under the scheme will be granted a visa that lasts three years, giving them certainty and ensuring their future in the country.

For more information on the scheme visit Gov.uk Ukraine Family Scheme

Ukraine nationals who have come to York on a Ukraine Family Scheme visa do not have access to the specific support provided under the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme; however, you will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds.

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Support for hosts and Ukrainian families in York

The Government has a welcome guide for Ukranians arriving in the UK.

Ukrainian nationals arriving in York will receive support from the council via their link worker; general advice is also available from the Red Cross.

People fleeing Ukraine and arriving in the UK can claim benefits immediately. For more information see Government press release 21 March

National benefits are administered by the Department for Work and Pensions, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and health benefits.

Other benefits are administered by local councils, including Council Tax Support and emergency support.

For more information see

Many of the children and families arriving in the UK who have fled the conflict in Ukraine, have experienced trauma; the Barnado's Ukranian Support Helpline staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, can offer support - help and advice is available on a range of issues.

To contact Barnardo’s free helpline, telephone: 0800 148 8586, Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 8.00pm, or Saturday, 10.00am to 3.00pm. Alternatively, email: ukrainiansupport@barnardos.org.uk.

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Refugee Support

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