Helping Ukraine

There are lots of ways that local people can help those directly affected by the ongoing conflict: 

Harlow donation point

We have a public donation point collecting humanitarian aid at Harlow Civic Centre.

The point is currently open from Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm. We cannot accept items outside of these times.

We are working with organisations to get aid to Ukrainian people via Poland and Romania.

Please label your donations and put toiletries and sanitary products in cardboard boxes.

We are currently only accepting the following items:

New clothes

Please do not donate used clothes - we can only accept new clothes.

  • thermal clothing and warm jackets (new only)
  • shoes and socks (new only)
  • gloves and hats (new only)

Toiletries and medication

  • nappies
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • soap and shower gel
  • toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash 
  • sanitary products including tampons, pads and towels
  • wet wipes, hand sanitiser and hand wash
  • hairbrushes
  • razors and shaving kits
  • first aid kits including bandages, plasters and dressings
  • medication and pain relief including Calpol, paracetamol and Savlon
  • thermal hand and foot warmers

Food and utensils

  • protein bars and canned foods
  • feeding bottles
  • ready made baby milk (no powder)
  • pet food
  • plastic cutlery and bowls
  • metal cups
  • hot flasks

Other essentials

  • foil blankets
  • inflatable mattresses (new only)
  • sleeping bags (new only)
  • wheelchairs and crutches
  • torches 
  • batteries 

We will be reviewing this list regularly and the items we're able to accept may change.

Sponsor a Ukrainian person or family

From Friday 18 March, you can sponsor a named Ukrainian and their immediate family members through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

You should get in contact with them directly and prepare to fill in a visa application with all their details and yours.

If you do not personally know a Ukrainian person or family, you can register your interest in becoming a sponsor in the future.

You can offer a spare room or separate self-contained accommodation, and you must be able to provide it for at least 6 months. You will receive £350 per month for up to 12 months.

Reset Communities and Refugees, a UK charity, is launching a matching and training service  for sponsors and refugees under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. 

Reset has also produced a toolkit for sponsors  wishing to welcome people through the Homes for Ukraine programme. 

You can find more information about the scheme on GOV.UK

If you have any questions about the scheme, as a sponsor or a guest, you can email us at


More visa support for Ukrainians and their families

The Ukraine Family Scheme allows British nationals and people settled in the UK to bring more family members to the country for up to 3 years.

There is other visa support for Ukrainian nationals and their family members.