South Ribble Borough Council pledges support to those affected by the Ukraine crisis
South Ribble Borough Council has committed to support those affected by the current conflict in Ukraine and have pledged to do all they can to make sure those on the ground can be supported and that those displaced can find refuge.
Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council said, "It's truly shocking to see the devastating scenes from Ukraine. This conflict is senseless, and it is heartbreaking to see so many innocent people having to flee the place they call home.
"To see scenes in Ukraine that some may only recognise as being like those in history books is deplorable and we must do all we can to support those who are affected. It's easy to feel helpless when we are witness to such turmoil however, we can all do our bit to help those on the ground and for those that are seeking refuge in other countries.
"As a council we are pledging to do all we can to support. We will be actively promoting local and national avenues of support and we'll be waiting with interest to find out more from Government's Homes for Ukraine programme so we can understand how we can play our part in offering South Ribble as a safe place to call home."
There are many avenues of support. Charities such as the Red Cross and Oxfam are on the borders and in Ukraine itself providing vital support including food, first aid, shelter, and health care. The Red Cross says that cash donations are by far the quickest, safest, and most direct way to help people in a humanitarian crisis.
You can donate at the Red Cross Crisis Appeal.
Government recently launched a "Homes for Ukraine" campaign and is encouraging people across the country to take in individuals seeking refuge.
You can find more information and how to register on the Homes for Ukraine website.
Councillor Foster continued, "I know how incredible our residents and communities are in South Ribble and I know that we will do all we can to help. Please, if you can support in any way by making a donation however small - please do. It really makes a difference."