Supporting Ukraine:

Due to the urgent situation for people fleeing Ukraine and arriving in Milton Keynes and across the UK, Community Action: MK are facilitating a coordinated response for local groups and organisations who want to help. The aim of this response is to ensure that vulnerable people arriving from Ukraine have access to the help and support they need the most.

There are currently two main ways for Ukrainian nationals to arrive in the UK:

  • Ukraine Family Visa Scheme: Ukrainian nationals can currently apply for a visa if they already have family living in the UK.
  • Homes for Ukraine: Ukrainian nationals can find hosts through the UK government Homes for Ukraine scheme. UK citizens can also register their interest to be a host through this scheme.

Please see resources below and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with any new developments, support groups and events taking place in Milton Keynes.

Information for Ukrainian Refugees:

Information for Hosts and Sponsors:

Information for Groups/Organisations:

  • The Sanctuary Course: Sanctuary Foundation are offering a free e-learning course for groups/organisations working to support Ukrainian refugees in the UK.
  • MK Community Foundation: Providing small grant funding for groups supporting Ukrainian refugees. Applications are processed through their ‘small grant’ funding portal.
  • Community Action:MK: Coordinated Response: We are currently providing an opportunity for group to come together to ensure that the response to the Ukrainian war in Milton Keynes is coordinated and there are resources and support for all aspects of care that may be needed. Please email info@communityactionmk.org or support@communityactionmk.org for more information.
  • UK Government Guidance for Matching Organisations: UK Government Guidance for voluntary & Community sector organisations looking to responsibly facilitate matches between sponsors and guests.

Translating & Interpreting:

  • Clear Voice: Official Government partner for the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Clear Voice offer 24/7 telephone and video interpreting services for charities.
  • thebigword: thebigword are donating 5000 minutes of telephone interpreting services to groups supporting Ukrainian refugees.
  • Charity Translators: Offering a range of links and resources to support for Ukrainian

Cultural Resources:

  • Comprehensive Guide for Living in the UK: A guide for life in the UK has been created by Ukrainian’s living in the country. The website is regularly updated and offers key information as well as updates on the government Visa schemes.
  • Healthprom Cultural Sensitivity Sheets: Healthprom mainly operate in former Soviet Countries and have produced short comprehensive cultural sensitivity guides. The guides are available in English, Ukrainian and Russian and cover topics such as religion, home comforts, interpersonal differences, and attitudes to LGBT communities.
  • Ukraine Parenting Response: Set up by Oxford University with WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR and other partners, offers resources and evidence-based advice to support parents and families affected by the war in Ukraine. Resources are available to download from the website and can be accessed in English, Ukrainian and Russian.
  • Help Ukraine BAMK: A facebook group which has been created to support hosts and refugees arriving to Bedford, Aylesbury or Milton Keynes.