When we see people in crisis we all want to help in some way. Humanitarian aid can save lives.
Here is Ready Scotland’s guide to supporting humanitarian causes and making donations in a safe and effective way.
- Giving money is normally the most useful donation you can make in humanitarian crises, particularly to those long established charities with lots of experience of operating in international relief operations. DEC are currently highlighting fundraising appeals for Pakistan and Ukraine.
- Dealing with donated goods comes with many risks and difficulties, but there are a few ways that communities can redistribute surplus goods in positive ways.
- You can also offer your time by connecting with humanitarian aid and local refugee support groups to see what assistance they might need.
Scotland’s support for Ukrainian people
The most effective way to help the people of Ukraine is almost always to donate money to, or fundraise for, registered charities that have significant experience in ongoing relief operations.
Whilst the Scottish Super-Sponsor Scheme has been temporarily paused to prioritise the needs of displaced people who are in Scotland already or will shortly be arriving, people living in Scotland can still provide homes for Ukrainians by offering accommodation through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
Support from communities and voluntary groups
There is a network of public and voluntary sector organisations working with us to welcome and settle people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Once the new arrivals are settled in local areas they may need some material items or other local support and communities may have a role to play in this. Connect with your with local refugee support groups to find out if you or your community group might be able to provide support if and when it’s needed.