The City of Edinburgh Council has pulled together a selection of really useful information:
- Briefing on Edinburgh’s Response to Ukraine (June 2022)
- Accommodation for people from Ukraine
- Arriving in Edinburgh
- Support for people from Ukraine
- What you can do and info for hosts
(in partnership with Scottish Government, Edinburgh Airport, Voluntary Sector Partners and other agencies)
You might also find these documents useful:
- Vaccination and Screening Public Health guidance for displaced people from Ukraine
- Public funds open to people from Ukraine (English)
- Public funds open to people from Ukraine (Ukrainian)
Information for hosts and local authorities:
- Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for hosts – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
- Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for local authorities – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
Understanding Refugee Employment for Social Service Employers
Scottish Social Services Council are working with the Scottish Refugee Council to deliver sessions to help social service employers understand more about recruiting refugees, the different terminology, challenges they face and how you as an employer can better support them.
Find out more or use these links to register:
As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, Edinburgh’s Third Sector Interface Partners (EVOC, Volunteer Edinburgh and Edinburgh Social Enterprise) continue to be involved in daily meetings to ensure we are ready to offer support on every level for the people arriving in our City. These meetings also include representatives from Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership, Edinburgh Airport, Scottish Refugee Council and other key partners.
These are the main areas of work currently ongoing. They involve multiple partners from community and voluntary sector, with many already delivering help:
- Children & Families
- Community & Social Connections
- Cultural Awareness
- Digital equipment
- Employment and Training (Capital City Partnership)
- Food Provision (Edinburgh Community Food, Fresh Start, North Edinburgh Arts and Cyrenians)
- Host Family Support
- Informal language support (Volunteer Edinburgh)
- Mental health and wellbeing (Feniks: Counselling, Personal Development & Support Services Ltd)
- Trafficking and Human Exploitation (Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland)
- Transport (Edinburgh Community Transport Operators Group – Handicabs, Lothian Community Transport Services, Pilton Equalities Project, SEAG (South Edinburgh Amenities Group), The Dove Centre)
Read about the work of the Community Taskforce Volunteers (Volunteer Edinburgh) who are welcoming people and families arriving from Ukraine here.
Some useful advice for organisations in light of the current conflict:
- OSCR guidance – what charities should do in response to the war
- Consumeradvice.scot warn of potential scams related to the conflict in Ukraine
Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund SCIO General fund grants for Individuals/families/households:
The Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund SCIO disburses grants to individuals and families in need. The aim of the Fund is the prevention or relief of poverty and/or to assist those in need experiencing illness or disability. The Trust’s funds are restricted to beneficiaries who reside in the City of Edinburgh or the Lothians. Applications for grants must be submitted by a post holder from a referring partner e.g. local authority social worker, family support workers, housing officers. Applications will not be accepted directly from members of the public. The maximum grant awarded is £300 and used for items such as clothing, footwear, small electrical items, bedding, and household items etc.
Please see our terms and conditions: Terms and Conditions – Individuals and Families – Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund (eltf.org.uk)
Edinburgh Trust Turn2Us:
Turn2us Grants is a fund offering support to people who are struggling financially and live in the City of Edinburgh. Applications are only currently being accepted from agreed existing referring partner organisations. The Edinburgh Trust could help in several ways: providing a one-off grant, completing a welfare benefits check to ensure someone is receiving all they are entitled to, signposting to other sources of support. People come to us for grants for many different reasons. We have given grants for household items, clothing, help with everyday living costs, training courses, and more.
You can share information about any other opportunities and ideas on the EVOC Ukraine Response – Edinburgh Slack Channel.