This message is being sent on behalf of Dave Salmon, Humanitarian Assistance Lead Officer at Hertfordshire County Council
We have been asked to share the following advice by Hertfordshire County Council for parents and students who may wish to support those fleeing war torn Ukraine. Financial donations to organisations that have a presence on the borders is the most effective means of providing support to families in need. Community collections tend to be resource intensive and can involve costly logistics whilst transporting goods through many countries can be frustratingly slow. Therefore, we are not supporting local collection points at this time.
A financial donation to one of the organisations below will have an immediate impact and help fund what is most needed on the ground:
The British Red Cross has launched an appeal to help the Ukrainian Red Cross to provide food, medicine, clothing and shelter, as well as first aid training in bomb shelters.
The UNHCR refugee agency is funding emergency shelters, repairs for homes damaged by shelling, emergency cash assistance, psychological support and warm clothing.
UNICEF is helping to ensure families have clean water and food and that child health and protection services continue.
The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain is fundraising for medicine, food and other essentials.
Save the Children is providing cash assistance, food and other support to refugees crossing into Romanian and Lithuania, as well as in Ukraine itself.
For those who still wish to make a physical donation we understand that Goods for Good are running a Ukraine Appeal and are seeking donations:
Click on the link above for more information.