Voluntary Action Camden

Camden UKRAINE RESPONSE RESOURCES

On this page we are compiling a list of resources for Camden residents and voluntary and community groups wanting to assist with the Ukraine Crisis and response efforts. Check this page for the latest updates.

 

CAMDEN COUNCIL RESPONSE

Camden Council’s Community Partnerships Team Ukraine Response update
Since the Ukrainian Resettlement Community Response Meeting, held on 15th March, The Community Partnerships Team have been working with a range of partners to develop Camden’s response – below are the outlines of some key follow-up initiatives.


Arrival Reception and Rest Centre:
An arrival reception and rest centre for people arriving into the UK via St Pancras Station has now been set up. The response included support from Little Village (who provided immediate provisions for households with babies and young children), Urban Community Projects (who provided snacks and refreshments for onward travel) and volunteers who have been providing Ukrainian and Russian language support. There are ongoing meetings with a core group of VCS organisations working in and around St Pancras to develop and refine the support offered.


Ukrainian Nationals Arriving and Settling into Camden
Details on the Homes for Ukraine scheme and matching process are still being developed by central government. Camden Council will have a role in undertaking safeguarding checks and home visits to assess the appropriateness of accommodation, and an ongoing responsibility in terms of the provision of statutory services for those who settle in Camden.  
We are working to develop a welcome pack and information pack for Ukrainian nationals settling in the borough and their hosts. This guidance will include information about the immediate steps that people will need to take on arrival into the UK, it will also include information about Camden’s wider community offer.  


VCS Support Survey
We’d like this guide to include information about local independent services that can support Ukrainian nationals settling in Camden with urgent and immediate needs such as links to language communities or counselling support. We’re working with Voluntary Action Camden to ask you to provide some information in this short online survey.
Some of our key local issues are to encourage groups and individuals to sign up for the Homes for Ukraine campaign, to support and promote public giving locally – such as the Equality Fund for Refugees from Camden Giving, and internationally – such as the Disasters Emergency Committee campaign.
We also need to promote the donation of medical and humanitarian items which are being collected at points across London, and encourage Ukrainian and Russian speakers to support the welcome team at the arrival points. Fluent speakers wishing to register interest can do so at ‘Help support new arrivals from Ukraine’ here

If you are interested in supporting the Ukraine Response efforts in Camden get in touch for a conversation or fill in our form to request support from us.

 

LONDON WIDE SUPPORT

London Plus:

Weekly Ukraine – London touchpoint call
Every Tuesday 10.30 – 11.15am.
We are hosting a weekly Ukraine/London touchpoint call every Tuesday. It’s open to London’s voluntary and community (VCS) organisations to share information, updates and best practice. Contact Emily to join or to find out more.

Ukraine support needs survey
Our Ukraine – Support needs survey aims to collate specific emerging needs from VCS organisations around volunteering, financial and goods donations. It also includes an invite to the WhatsApp group. Feel free to share this with your networks. 

London VCS response WhatsApp group
Our London VCS response WhatsApp group is set up to help coordinate London’s response to the Ukraine crisis. It’s open to the VCS sector, including Ukraine-specific groups, and local & national VCS organisations. Specific requests can be posted, and relevant organisations can quickly respond to help. Feel free to join and share the WhatsApp invite with your networks.

Training: An introduction to trauma-informed practice
10th May – 24th May
Thrive LDN is delivering weekly training in trauma-informed practice in humanitarian crises for professionals and volunteers in community & grassroots organisations supporting the Ukraine response. 

Thrive LDN: Mental health & wellbeing support for displaced Ukrainians
Thrive LDN and partners have put together a short guide for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of displaced Ukrainians arriving in the UK.

Keith Morgan

To find out more about VAC’s role in coordinating the VCS’s response to the crisis in Ukraine get in touch with our CEO, Keith Morgan kmorgan@vac.org.uk

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