Cambridgeshire stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. We will do all we can to support organisations working in the UK and abroad to help.
The situation in Ukraine is leaving thousands of people in need of vital, lifesaving aid.
What you can do to help
If you want to help, the most effective action you can take is to make a financial donation to one of the charities listed below.
There are good supply chains in eastern Europe, so it is more cost effective to send money to buy supplies locally instead of donating and transporting them from the UK.
Any amount you can give will go a long way to helping those in need. We encourage you to check the government’s guidance on safe giving before you donate.
- British Red Cross
- Disasters Emergency Committee
- International Committee of the Red Cross
- International Rescue Committee
- Save the Children
- SOS Children’s Villages UK
- UN Refugee Agency
- With Ukraine Global Support Fund
Homes for Ukraine
The Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme which asks people to offer space in their homes for those fleeing the war has been launched.
This will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the country.
- Homes for Ukraine (GOV.UK website)
- Homes for Ukraine - Frequently asked questions (GOV.UK website)
- Homes for Ukraine - Sponsor Guidance (GOV.UK website)
Ukraine Family Scheme
If you are a Cambridgeshire resident intending to or already hosting members of your family as part of the Ukraine Family Scheme, please register with us using this form.
This will help us to link you to the services which you may need.
Support available to Ukrainian nationals
- Welcome guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK - (GOV.UK website)
- If you are Ukrainian and don't have family in the UK - (GOV.UK website)
- Homes for Ukraine - Factsheet for Ukrainians - (GOV.UK website)
- Financial support for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine - (Universal Credit website)
- UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals - (GOV.UK website)
- Translated health information for patients - (Doctors of the World website) Includes guides in Ukrainian and Russian on navigating the NHS.
District and city councils across Cambridgeshire are providing support for people arriving from the Ukraine to live in the county. Each council has produced a welcome pack to support new arrivals - these can be found here:
- Fenland District Council - Welcome pack English (opens as a .pdf)
- Fenland District Council - Welcome pack Ukrainian (opens as a .pdf)
Applying for a school place
Families arriving from Ukraine with school-aged children who need to apply for a school place can do so by downloading the document below.
School admissions information
- Cambridgeshire - Apply for a school place - Cambridgeshire County Council
- Peterborough - Apply for a school place - Peterborough City Council
Frequently asked questions
The Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme which asks people to offer space in their homes for those fleeing the war has been launched. This will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the country: Homes for Ukraine
Ukrainian people arriving under this scheme will be able to live and work in the UK for up to three years and access benefits, healthcare, employment and other support.
The Ukraine Family Scheme allows family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK. To apply to the scheme the applicant must:
- be applying to join or accompany your UK-based family member; and
- be Ukrainian or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national who is applying to the scheme; and
- have been residing in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine).
People or organisations wanting to be sponsors under the Homes for Ukraine scheme can now register their interest here.
If you already know a Ukrainian national (or immediate family member) who you want to sponsor, you can help them apply for a visa under the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme.
If you do not already know a Ukrainian national (or immediate family member) you will have to link with a voluntary sector/charitable organisation who are working to match the offer of homes in the UK with people in Ukraine who need accommodation. Once you have been matched with people in Ukraine by this organisation you, and the people coming from Ukraine, need to complete the Visa application process. This requires you, the host, to supply details about yourself, including passport information. The people in Ukraine also need to complete their details and supply documentation. A Visa application has to be done for each person who has been matched to a host’s offer of accommodation.
There are a number of organisations on a local and national level who are involved in matching. The Reset Communities and Refugees Charity has a matching service. Apply to be matched to a refugee to sponsor here.
Once the Home Office have approved all the Visa applications that apply to your offer of accommodation, which includes the Home Office carrying out security checks, your details will be passed onto the local authority, you can expect to hear from your district council regarding the completion of housing and DBS checks.
We understand that you might have been waiting a while but the Visa Application process can take some time to complete. Once we, the local authorities, have received notification of the approval of the Visa application(s) for your guests we will work as fast as we can to reach the many people who have had these Visa Applications approved for their guests through the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
Please be assured that your district council will be in contact with you in the near future to start the DBS and Housing Checks after you have completed the Visa Application.
Yes. This will be completed by someone from your district council who will be in touch with you once we have received your information from the Home Office.
You district council will be in touch about the housing check which will involve an in-person visit to the accommodation.
The council where the sponsor accommodation is located will provide the interim payment (in line with other resettlement schemes) of £200 per guest for subsistence costs.
Sponsors will be eligible for an optional ‘thank you payment’ of £350 per month per household, not per person, as long as the sponsorship arrangement exists, for up to 12 months.
This will be administered by the district council.
What we are doing as a County Council
We have pledged our support for refugees leaving Ukraine to escape the Russian invasion.
Letter to the Home Office
Cambridgeshire leaders co-signed a letter to the Home Secretary calling for the Prime Minister and the UK Government to go even further in response to the Russian invasion showing greater compassion for those in the greatest and most immediate need.