Portsmouth City Council is continuing to fly the blue and yellow Ukrainian flag outside the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square as a mark of solidarity. Portsmouth is a diverse city, and we recognise many people will have concerns about the conflict as it continues to develop.
How you can support
The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) is concerned about the conflict in Ukraine which is leading to a humanitarian crisis. They have launched an appeal and signposted to several DEC member charities who have also launched appeals to help people in Ukraine.
You can find out more about these charities, the work they are doing and how to donate below:
- Action Against Hunger
- British Red Cross
- CARE International UK
- International Rescue Committee
- Save the Children
- World Vision
The Home Office website has guidance on UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals.
The council is gathering information about local organisations, charities, and individuals who would like to offer support that are not already handled by the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme or by the charities listed above. This could include offers of employment opportunities from organisations, as well as offers of non-monetary support from individuals.
If you are able to offer support, excluding accommodation offers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try to respond to your email as quickly as we can.
Support for parents and carers
It is difficult to be able to answer questions that children may be asking about what is happening in Ukraine.
There are a number of resources available with content to help children better understand the information they are seeing and hearing about and also content that provides support to parents on how to talk about the war in Ukraine and where to find support.
A list of some of these resources can be found below: