Dedicated facebook group for residents to support humanitarian aid for Ukraine
A new facebook group has been set up after Essex County Council (ECC) was inundated with offers of help from residents and businesses, asking how they can support the people of Ukraine.
‘Essex is United for Ukraine’ provides details for the organisations across Essex who are supporting humanitarian efforts through donations and fundraising, linking them up with residents who want to help.
The initiative is led by the Essex Is United Facebook team, which is a collaboration between local Facebook admins, the County Council and the Public Health team.
Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr Kevin Bentley said: “As we saw last year when Essex welcomed refugees from Afghanistan, the people of Essex have once again shown outstanding compassion and kindness.
“Essex residents and businesses clearly want to help the people of Ukraine and this new Facebook page will make it easy for them to do so. I would personally like to thank everyone that has contacted us to offer support, we will continue to stand with Ukraine and help in whatever way we can.”
Earlier this week ECC illuminated County Hall in Chelmsford blue and yellow in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
The Home Office has made a number of changes to support British nationals and their families in Ukraine, and Ukrainians in the UK, Ukraine and elsewhere.