Refugees Welcome Crawley stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people through the terrible suffering currently being inflicted on them and will do its part in welcoming Ukrainian refugees who arrive in the local area.
Якщо ви є українським біженцем у районі Кроулі і потребуєте допомоги, ви можете зв’язатися з нами зі сторінки «Зв’язатися з нами». This says: If you are a Ukrainian refugee in the Crawley area in need of assistance, you can contact us from the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Refugees Welcome Crawley (RWC) is not collecting aid for Ukraine as our charity’s objectives are to support refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in the Crawley area from Ukraine or any other country they have fled, whether due to war, persecution or other life-threatening situation.
How you can help:
We continue to collect clothes, shoes, toiletries and other essential items for all local refugees in need. Email us for details of drop-off points in Crawley.
To donate to support the people of Ukraine, please see the below link to Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Ukraine
The UK government Homes for Ukraine scheme is now live. Information and ‘How to Register’ as an individual or organisation can be found on the link below:
Someone is eligible for the scheme if they are a Ukrainian national or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, and were resident in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022. We will welcome as many arrivals as possible, based on the number of sponsors. People arriving under this scheme will be able to: Live and work in the UK for up to three years
Access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition
RWC notes that the information also states: Named individuals can offer residential rooms or unoccupied self-contained residential units to a specific person or people, and charities, NGOs may be able to help you to make contact with a named person. In the future we will work to help organisations to also sponsor individuals, but we are starting the first phase of the scheme with named individual contacts.
RWC cannot currently link you with a Ukrainian person to sponsor through the Homes For Ukraine scheme though this may change as the scheme evolves.
The Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members or extend their stay in the UK. It is free to apply. Applicants will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds. If you need any assistance, please call the 24/7 free helpline +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.
If you are a Ukrainian refugee in the Crawley area in need of assistance, you can contact us from the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Give Today Wish List!
Now you can help by directly donating items to refugees and asylum seekers in need through our ‘Give Today’ wish list. Click on the link to purchase the items currently needed by the refugees and asylum seekers our charity supports. Your gift will go to immediately improve the lives of people who have escaped from war, trauma and persecution in search of a safety and a new start. A warm jacket as the weather gets colder, a pair of trainers for someone with only flip flops, or a personal hygiene item can really make that difference. Grateful thanks to anyone who can offer this hand of welcome.
News footage and information coming out about what is happening in Afghanistan has been truly shocking and it is hard to imagine the trauma experienced by Afghan people, especially those whose lives are threatened. Those who have managed to escape have come with nothing and are in need of basic essentials.
RWC is working in partnership with West Sussex County Council, Sussex Aid for Refugees and other local charities involved locally to meet this need.
If you would like to help and are able to do so, there are a number of ways you can do this.
Sussex Aid for Refugees has a wish list to purchase toiletries and other items which will be delivered directly to Sussex Aid.
You can also make a contribution to Refugees Welcome Crawley via JustGiving:
Justgiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/refugeeswelcomecrawley
Our focus is on short-term emergency aid at the current time. In the coming months and over the next five years, we may also be called upon to help resettle Afghan families arriving in the Crawley area on any of the Afghan Resettlement Schemes, in a similar way to our ongoing support for Syrian refugee families.
Many thanks for your support.