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Support for Ukraine

We stand by the people of Ukraine in the face of the invasion by Russia and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this action. We are helping in any way we can, working with our local partners, including resettling refugees locally. 

One year anniversary of Ukraine invasion

Friday 24 February marked a year since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

To acknowledge this day and reaffirm our solidarity and unwavering support for the people of Ukraine, we flew the Ukrainian flag at our office in Abingdon and joined in the national moment of reflection by observing a minute’s silence at 11am. You can read the Leader’s Statement here.

Homes for Ukraine scheme

The government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme offers a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. See the supporting government website.

It enables individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland. The visa application route opened on 18 March for sponsors and named contacts to apply to the scheme.

Could you help a family from Ukraine?

If you have a spare room or home and can make it available for at least six months, find out how you can become a host for Ukrainian refugees through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

A monthly thank you payment of £550 per month will be paid to you for the time you are sponsoring and hosting someone. This payment is optional.

Support for hosts and guests

Already, hundreds of people have applied to be hosts across the district and more applications are anticipated. Any host or guest who needs support and advice should contact our community support team either by email at or directly on 01235 422600 via option one. Phonelines are open 8.30am -5pm Mon-Thurs and 8.30am – 4.30pm Fri.

Homes for Ukraine Council Tax Scheme

A 50 per cent discount on council tax will apply for Ukrainian nationals under the Homes for Ukraine Council Tax Scheme if you are living in the UK under the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme and are living in your own accommodation not in a sponsor’s home. 

Guidance for Ukrainian nationals

The UK government has produced the following guidance for people from Ukraine:

Making a donation

Many people in the county want to do whatever they can to help, and one way is to make a donation.

The best current route to donate and support is via the Disasters Emergencies Committee. The UK Government has said it will match fund up to £20m. DEC works with 15 charities including Oxfam, Christian Aid and Save the Children.

There are a number of other international charities you can support:

Giving safely

If you’re looking to donate to causes working in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, you should make a few simple checks before giving:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information
  • Be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them
  • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with to understand how they are spending their funds
  • Look out for the Fundraising Badge on charity fundraising materials, this is the logo which shows that a charity has committed to fundraise in line with the Code of Fundraising Practice

Any queries

Please see the government’s information page or Oxfordshire County Council’s support page.

If you are not able to find the answer to your query from these sources, please email our Community Hub via and our team will do their best to help you.

You can also read our Homes for Ukraine privacy notice (PDF).