The war and ongoing violence in Ukraine has forced families to leave their homes, in search of safety, with many now arriving in the UK.  

At Barnardo’s we are ready to respond. We’ve supported children impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire, during the Covid pandemic, and refugees from Afghanistan and Syria. Today, we are supporting young people and their families fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Our Children’s Emergency Fund enables us to act immediately to support children and families devastated by disasters when they need us the most.

Children need help, protection and support in the aftermath of disaster and in the midst of crisis. That’s why we help children and young people in the UK at their most vulnerable moment.  

Our previous work to support refugees from Afghanistan and Syria has provided families with practical help to get established in a new country. We also work directly with children and families to support their recovery from the crushing mental health impact of crises. Now, we want to offer that same support to Ukrainian families.  

How we support refugees: 

  • Offer therapy with a qualified psychotherapist – delivered via the phone or online, with access to interpreters   

  • Advice on a range of issues e.g., housing, accessing key health services, education, employment and more via our trained helpline support workers   

  • Practical support - access to digital devices to ensure families stay connected to loved ones during this worrying time, as well as toys for children, vital baby items, food bank vouchers and more  

How we’ll spend your donations  

Your gift will go directly to our Children’s Emergency Fund, a special fund which allows us to respond rapidly to support children and families whose lives have been devastated by disasters. If you make a donation to the fund, your contribution will be used to fund rapid response work for children and young people in the UK. In the event we raise more money than is needed to respond to emergencies, we’ll spend any additional funds on other Barnardo’s projects – wherever the need is greatest for children and young people in the UK.

Your support of our Children’s Emergency Fund will help children and their families in their greatest hour of need. Thank you.   

Mother and child from Ukraine

Barnardo’s Ukrainian support helpline 

In response to this, following discussion with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, we have set up the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service. The Helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.  

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About Barnardo’s 

At Barnardo’s, we protect, support and nurture some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people. Over 150 years, we’ve built up a network of services throughout the UK in local communities. Last year, Barnardo’s and partners helped over 380,000 children, young people and parents. We are the UK’s largest children’s charity with nearly 800 services. The scale of what we do may be big, but our aim is simple – to provide the best outcome for every child, no matter who they are or what they have been through. Whatever happens, we don’t give up on children. We are there for as long as it takes.

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How your money helps

For every £1 you donate, we spend 92p on working with the children who most need our help. Income raised will go where the need is greatest.