“The situation in Ukraine is both horrific and very worrying. This is a war that is directly affecting some individuals who work for Future Talent Learning, learners on our programme, and people who work for our clients and partner organisations.
I spent the end of last week listening to these voices, as well as seeking sources of information from Ukrainian nationals – both in the Ukraine and living in the UK. Their message is clear: they need our support.
We have put together a list of ways in which each of us can show this support, and have also compiled information about how we can look after ourselves at this difficult time.
As the situation unfolds, we will be updating this page. If you find the information useful, please share it with others in your network.
In the meantime, stay safe and well.”
Jim Carrick-Birtwell, CEO, Future Talent Learning
Witnessing a crisis unfold from afar can make us feel helpless. However, there are practical ways to support Ukraine during this time:
Every penny will make a difference for Ukraine and Ukrainians. Donations, big or small, will be welcomed by both UK-based charities and charities working directly in Ukraine.
If you are a UK taxpayer, please use Gift Aid. Donating through Gift Aid means charities can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra.
There are lots of Ukrainian organisations working on the ground. Use the links below to find out more about their work and how you can support it:
Defend Ukraine has produced a list of charities and donation links to support the military, journalists, children, refugees and medical efforts. There is also information about how to donate using cryptocurrency.
The Ukraine Crisis Media Center has published a list of ways you can “Keep Calm and Support Ukraine”. This includes a list of charities and tips on what information to share and language to use.
Counter disinformation by sharing accurate, fact-based information about the situation in Ukraine with our friends, family and social media followers.
We’ve put together a list of Ukraine-based social media accounts to follow in the ‘Voices in Ukraine’ section below.
For BBC Newsround, specialist disinformation reporter Marianna Spring shares tips on how to spot inaccurate information and disinformation.
Echo the recent sanctions announced by governments by not spending money on goods and services from Russia or Belarus for the time being.
Use this template for printed leaflets and posters.
Show your support by signing one of these petitions.
Many people are collecting items so that they can be driven to Ukraine via Poland. Use your local networks to find your nearest location collection point.
Remember that all donated items need to be checked by volunteers, grouped into categories, then packed up and shipped. This is a time-consuming process so please only include brand new, unopened items from the list. This will help speed up things for the volunteers.
It has been difficult to make sense of what’s currently happening in Ukraine. The links below provide insights into how the situation has escalated and what we can do to keep up to speed.
The Ukrainian Institute London is a centre for Ukraine-related educational and cultural activities. It works to highlight important contemporary and historical issues affecting Ukraine. It recommends gaining information from the following for English-language reporting from Ukraine: The Kyiv Independent and The New Voice of Ukraine.
Watch this BBC video to gain an understanding of the recent relationship between Ukraine and Russia.
There have been reports that people of colour are facing significant difficulties boarding transport leaving Ukraine and getting into many of the EU-bordering countries.
You can support Afro-Caribbean students leaving Ukraine by donating to this fundraiser
European Disability Forum, an umbrella organisation for persons with disabilities, estimates that there are 2.7 million people with disabilities registered in Ukraine.
The forum’s contacts in the country report that the situation for people with disabilities is extremely difficult. For example, shelters in Kyiv are inaccessible, so people with disabilities have to remain in their homes and are therefore more at risk. In addition, those with disabilities living in institutions are at risk of being abandoned and forgotten.
It is important to look after ourselves at this time. Here are some self-care tips for maintaining wellbeing.
If you need extra support, make sure you reach out and talk to a family member, friend or one of the helplines below:
It is understandable that children and young people are distressed at this time and may seek reassurance. Here is a list of resources for caregivers that will help you support your children:
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Written: 28 February 2022
Updated: 3 March 2022
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