Supporting Ukraine

Everyone at Johnnie Johnson Housing has been shocked and saddened to see the events unfolding in Ukraine and we know our colleagues and customers want to do their bit to support our European neighbours.

To support where we can, we’ve pulled together several useful links below, along with the different ways you can support and help #StandWithUkraine

Homes for Ukraine

On the 14 March, the Secretary of State laid out initial details of the “Homes for Ukraine” scheme.

Since the scheme was launched, an incredible number of people and organisations have recorded their interest in being a sponsor.

In summary, what we know so far is:
• Sponsors will have to provide accommodation for at least 6 months and will receive a monthly payment of £350 – tax free with no benefit or tax implications.
• Sponsors and Ukrainians will undergo ‘light touch’ vetting/security checks
• Phase 1 of the scheme opened on 18 March and initially this is for people with known connections in the UK i.e., friends, family
• Phase 2 of the scheme, which will open to businesses, NGO’s, charities etc will roll out shortly

Please continue to visit this page for more information on how you can support ‘Homes for Ukraine’ as a customer of Johnnie Johnson Housing.

How can you help?

If you want to donate money, there are a number of charities providing humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

Donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal – The UK Government matched, pound-for-pound, £25 million of public donations to this appeal.

There are lots of organisations across the UK and internationally who have launched appeals, and you may wish to donate through these organisations instead. There are some simple steps you can take to ensure your money is safe and being used effectively:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number using the search the charity register tool
  • Most charities with an income of £5,000 or more must be registered, which means they are regulated by The Charity Commission
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information
  • If in doubt, ask the charity or organisation for more information

Organisations across the UK are gathering essential supplies, such as clothes, first aid and sanitary products. Many charities and community groups will have lists of items they need.

A number of organisations have set up donation points allowing people to send clothes to Ukrainians. You can find a list of them here.

The UK Government, Ukrainian Government and others have been sharing messages of support on social media using the hashtag #StandForUkraine

Take care what you share! There is a lot of false information about the conflict circulating online – this is often called misinformation and disinformation. You can do your part to stop the spread:

  • Ask yourself – does this look right? Does this sound right? Does this information come from a source I recognise?
  • The SHARE checklist can help you decide if information can be trusted, before you interact with or share it on your social media channels