The Diocese of Plymouth, Caritas Plymouth and CAFOD Plymouth strongly condemn the large-scale military intervention in Ukraine and brutal aggression towards its people. We deplore the consistent attacks on civilian lives and civilian infrastructure we continue to witness. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the Ukrainian people and to all peace-loving Russians.
Many people have been asking Caritas Plymouth and CAFOD Plymouth what we can do to help the people of Ukraine. Caritas Plymouth’s mission is to focus on our local community and we are working closely with our sister and Caritas agency CAFOD, (the official humanitarian international development agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales) to share guidance. This page suggests some actions and useful links. Caritas Plymouth is here to help so please get in touch if we can be of assistance firstname.lastname@example.org
CAFOD is a member of Caritas Internationalis. They have launched a fundraising campaign and will ensure donations reach those on the ground. To make a donation to support those affected by the conflict please visit Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal | CAFOD
People’s generosity in wanting to respond to the situation in Ukraine is remarkable. This generosity is best expressed through donations of money rather than goods. Caritas agencies in Poland and Slovakia already have warehouses of supplies and find it difficult to receive in kind donations, and this is also the case in Ukraine. They have all confirmed financial support is the most helpful form of donation. This enables them to focus on assessing what is needed and gives them the resources to do this most efficiently.
Housing for Refugees in the UK
Homes for Ukraine Scheme
The Homes for Ukraine scheme has now launched https://www.gov.uk/government/news/homes-for-ukraine-scheme-launches. UK individuals, charities, community groups and businesses can now record their interest in supporting Ukrainians fleeing the war through the government’s new Homes for Ukraine scheme.
We suggest that parishioners who are applying to host, link with an organisation with refugee experience. This is very important so that individuals or groups offering support can do so in a professional and sustained manner. RESET is a national charity which will be supporting people offering accommodation to be matched with Ukrainians coming to the UK https://www.homesforukraine.org.uk/.
RESET also share lots of useful resources such as guidance on hosting, a guidance video for those considering hosting and what to think about in terms of support including planning for the end of the hosting.
Please let Caritas Plymouth know if your parish plans to respond and we will do all we can to assist you. email@example.com
Lobby the Government and write to your local MP
Lobby the British government. Join CAFOD and ask the Foreign Secretary to push for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict and the Home Secretary to ensure those who have been forced from their homes are able to reach safety – including by providing sanctuary to people in the UK: Urge the government to push for peace in Ukraine and safety for refugees | CAFOD or write directly to your MP to call on the government to ensure sanctions are in place on the Russian government and its associates. To get in touch with your local MP via email or post to their constituency address, visit https://www.parliament.uk/get-
Other useful links
People emailing looking for assistance on their journey to the UK can be directed to the Home Office factsheet and helpline: https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2022/02/25/home-office-action-on-ukraine/
If you are or know of a resident with friends and family in Ukraine and need information or support about what is happening please contact the Ukrainian Embassy
If you would like immigration advice on temporary concessions for Ukrainian nationals applying to join a family route at www.gov.uk
A ‘Welcome Centre’ has been set up in London by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family in partnership with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain. Based in Weighhouse Street in central London, the site of the Eparchy’s cathedral, the Centre is a single point of contact for essential information for arrival, settling and long-term living in the UK.
Catholic Bishops Statement
The Catholic Bishops have written to Liz Truss to urge a peaceful resolution to the conflict https://www.cbcew.org.uk/bishops-write-to-foreign-secretary-to-support-swift-peaceful-resolution-to-the-war-in-ukraine