Cambridgeshire County Council:
Food, fun and activities for families over the summer holidays – find out more here.
The Besom in Histon & Impington can help with sourcing and supplying furniture, equipment and household items as well as with other practical hands-on support. More information here.
The Odessa Project, set up by the owner of the Willow Tree in Bourn, has been set up to help Ukrainian guests find employment in the catering industry locally and nationwide. Find out more here.
Working with South Cambridgeshire District Council, OWL Bikes and Camtrust can supply free, second-hand but good quality bikes for Ukrainian guests – find out more and fill out a short form here.
In the village of Abington, Abington4Ukraine has developed a Whatsapp group where hosts and guests can communicate their needs and hosts/volunteers in the village can offer their support. For more information, email Ms Amaris on [email protected]
In Cambourne and the surrounding villages, Ukrainian guests and host families have a Facebook page to share information and activities – you can request to join the group here.
Cottenham Supports Ukraine has a Facebook page and WhatsApp group with over 250 members, some of whom arrange welcome packs for guests and/or fundraise to provide other essentials. The group is available to answer questions, provide contacts or share useful information. Email Frank Morris for more info [email protected]
Elsworth Support Group is there for the twenty or so families in the village who are hosting Ukrainian guests. Email Peter Newton for more info [email protected]
The Fen Ditton Refugee Support Group is made up of hosts and other people in the village can offer support to guests, either by helping hosts prepare for their guests’ arrival or for guests once they arrive, for example with childcare, playdates, befriending and so on. Contact Ed Cowdrith and Jo Miles via email for more details [email protected]
Meldreth Tea & Chat offers informal support to Ukrainian guests and hosts by providing a forum to meet, exchange news, ask questions and share contacts. If you can get to Meldreth, you are welcome to attend – you don’t have to live there! Contact Richard Fry for more details on [email protected]
OASISS is a community initiative in three villages just South of Cambridge (Great Shelford, Little Shelford, and Stapleford). The aim is to welcome into the community those Ukrainian refugees in the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ (HfU) scheme. OASISS has a website with a wealth of resources that is available to all. It has also teamed up with It Takes a City to facilitate the collection of financial donations to help Ukrainian guests with travel assistance and short-term needs on arrival. Guests from other villages are welcome to join in activities (including coffee mornings and other social events) and are very welcome to make use of the clothes hub – however if/when numbers are restricted, the guests of OASISS hosts will be given priority. If you would like to learn more or feel you may be able to help in any way, please come along to next social gathering or email [email protected]
In Pampisford & Sawston, there is a group that offers:
If you’d like to know more, you can email Nigel Upton on [email protected]
Royston Rotary Club is facilitating various social events to help Ukrainian guests feel welcome. A new monthly café will be starting soon, providing coffee and cakes to local Ukrainian families so they can meet and spend time getting to know each other. Royston Rotary Club may be able to provide free transport to some families needing assistance. Hosts are also welcome. If guests (and hosts) would like to attend, please contact [email protected] for more information and to register your interest.
The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) is the UK’s largest representative organisation for Ukrainians and people of Ukrainian origin. It develops, promotes and supports the Ukrainian community in the United Kingdom.
The AUGB is mostly operated by volunteer teams from local communities. Branches host a variety of cultural, educational, social and charity events, as well as support local youth and women’s organisations.
Barnardo’s has a national helpline to support Ukrainian families that can help with:
All services include access to interpreters in Ukrainian and Russian.
The Barnardo’s Helpline is open:
You can contact the helpline on: 0800 148 8586 or email: [email protected]
For more info on Barnardo’s Helpline click here.
Artists in Exile offers artists and creatives who come to the UK through the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme help with travel, accommodation and finding work in the UK. Contact via email or find out more on the website.