Do you want to support newcomers to the region?

These pages include information on how you can support Ukrainian refugees, including donations, housing, offers of expertise and more. 

Local community groups, organisations and councils are working to support people new to the region, including those who have experienced forced migration following experiences of displacement, war or persecution.

Community and business engagement in welcoming our new neighbours is appreciated and important.

At Migration Yorkshire, we’re working with partners and communities to provide information on how people and organisations might help in the short and longer term, and to harness goodwill and develop new connections.

As well as offering general information on this page, we'll also share specific requests for support and donations on our Twitter feed


How you can contribute locally

Housing

If you have access to one or more whole houses or apartments that could be used for housing newcomers, you can either register your property on the government housing portal, or, if you prefer, and the property you’re offering is in Yorkshire and Humber, you can email Migration Yorkshire and we we'll share your offer with the relevant local authority staff.

Fostering

If you live in Yorkshire and the Humber, have a spare room and may be in position to foster an unaccompanied young person, please contact Welcoming Young Refugees for more information.

Becoming a community sponsor

If you're interested in working with members of your community as 'community sponsors', to support a person to come to the UK, you can find out more from these pages:

Offering expertise, employment and more

Please get in touch with us at admin@migrationyorkshire.org.uk if either of the following applies to you:

  • You're an organisation with capacity to share a particular expertise, and you're not currently part of the network of coordinating organisations.
  • You're an employer with a wish to benefit from new talent and / or a desire to offer opportunities for newcomers.

Donations

Money

Independent financial donations help organisations to be able to respond quickly and effectively to unpredictable emergency situations, and to meet individual needs, especially as the funding that organisations do have is stretched and often not flexible.

If you can donate money, please donate to organisations or community groups that demonstrate an understanding of community needs, safe and legal working practices, and systems of accountability.

If you're interested in offering significant sums, perhaps as part of corporate social responsibility, or as part of diversifying your funding activity, we'd be delighted to hear from you at admin@migrationyorkshire.org.uk, so that we can help foster positive connections.

Material donations

Quality furniture, clothes, household goods, food, hygiene, baby, work and access items, as well as books, games, craft and learning materials are often needed for newcomers, or for those making a transition for example from initial accommodation into a new house. Please only offer clean items in a condition you would be happy to receive.

Please 'follow' local organisations to watch out for needs lists and requests that you, your business or communities may be able to help with directly, or by raising awareness of the request.

Donating smartphones or IT equipment

Solidaritech are asking for donations of tech including smartphones, tablets and laptops, that they can wipe and pass on to asylum seekers and refugees to support health, safety and connection. Solidaritech is a Community Interest Company reliant on donations from both individuals and companies of all sizes.

Participation

People with lived experience of forced migration want and need to participate in, and have much to contribute to, different aspects of UK life – for example, business, culture and community.

As well as bringing new ideas, skills, knowledge and insight that can add great value to services, business, communities and strategists, newcomers to the community bring a desire to connect with the community and develop bonds.

If you want to learn more about how you can create meaningful opportunities for participation, please get in touch with us at admin@migrationyorkshire.org.uk

Volunteering

Many support services are dependent on volunteer support. There are many different volunteer roles advertised in local organisations across the region, where you could offer time and skills.

Newcomers also often want to contribute to their new communities as volunteers. If you'd like to open up volunteering or participation opportunities in your group or organisation, and want to ask questions, or access support around including people with different migration backgrounds, we’d love to hear from you, contact us at admin@migrationyorkshire.org.uk

See also: spotlight on volunteering with the Refugee Council

Ensure people find accredited advisers

People’s situations are very complicated. Be aware that in order for refugees to achieve secure futures for themselves or their family, they should only accept advice from an adviser accredited by the OISC [Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner]. If you see people asking for help online – please direct them to the OISC's Adviser finder

Learn something new

There's a lot you can do to prepare yourself to safely support newcomers and existing communities in the region. For example, you could find out about how to talk about this situation in a helpful way on social media, learn a few words in different languages, or learn about the culture and history of different people so you can help people feel at home.

Use your voice and network

To help raise awareness, safety, understanding and connection, follow and amplify the voices of people with lived experience of forced migration on social media.

Support different communities

Support other migrant communities and other local groups helping to meet the basic needs of anyone in our communities. Our communities are all interconnected and supporting in any one place helps the whole system and benefits all of us.

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Some notes on offering ‘helpful’ help

  • Due to capacity issues, some organisations can't respond very quickly to offers of help – a slow response is not a sign of how appreciated or needed your offer is. Please be patient and allow some time before sending follow up messages.
  • It’s vital that, if you plan to collect or donate anything that's not explicitly on a needs list, you contact the organisation or group that you plan to donate to in advance, to check they can make use of the donation and have space to store it.
  • As support, policy, funding and resources change, and as understanding of the needs of different individuals increases, it could be that advertised needs and processes change.
  • If you're in an area where there is no expressed need, please consider widening your search to offer support in other parts of the region.
  • To ensure everyone’s safety and comfort, please donate material goods only to groups or organisations that outline a safe and confidential route of distribution. Groups operating in a safe way will have strong protections against sharing people’s information, identity, images and location as part of requesting or receiving donations; and they'll usually have transparent safeguarding and complaints policies.
  • It’s important we give thought to how we talk about people who have experienced forced migration and our actions to welcome people. For example, it helps to consider how the words and images we use may make the recipients of donations, or others with a similar experience, feel, or how they might affect other people’s perception of, and behaviour towards newcomers or reinforce harmful stereotypes. An example would be to avoid sharing photos of people at their most vulnerable – this can traumatise / re-traumatise and dehumanise people.
  • Recognise that people from communities who've experienced forced migration, and people in responding organisations, may be exhausted. Try to find answers to common questions through other trustworthy sources, before asking people directly, unless direct questions are invited. And be sure, if you're asking people to share any experience, the purpose is clear and allow those 'sharing' control over the content, conversation and process.
     


For additional information, go to:

Supporting Ukrainians

Supporting Afghanistan

 


 



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