We want to reach out to all of our Ukrainian residents, and anyone with friends and families affected by, or concerned about, events in Ukraine.
Information and support
- For all the latest Government information and advice, please visit Ukraine and the UK - GOV.UK
- The Government’s visa support for Ukrainian nationals and their family members.
- If you are a resident with friends and family in Ukraine and need information or support about what is happening, please contact the Ukrainian Embassy.
- To make a donation towards the UN's humanitarian work, please visit: Ukraine Humanitarian Fund UN Crisis Relief.
- You can also make a donation via the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
- If you have a child in a Westminster school who is affected by the crisis, please talk to your child’s teachers about any concerns you have and support you would like the school to provide.
- For information on travel advice to and from Ukraine visit GOV.UK.
Visit the Ukrainian Cathedral
The Ukrainian Cathedral will now be open during the day, every day, for anyone who would like to visit and say prayers.
Westminster City Council's role - applications for sponsors
We are aware that 214 households in Westminster have so far applied to be sponsors through the Homes for Ukraine scheme to provide accommodation for families and individuals fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Westminster City Council’s role is to make contact with sponsors to complete checks on the accommodation being offered, as well as visiting the household to make welfare checks on the Ukranian families and individuals once they have arrived in Westminster.
While we are aware of the number of sponsors who have been matched with refugees from Ukraine, we are also aware that there is a backlog of visa applications that the Home Office is currently working through.
However, in anticipation of over 380 Ukrainians who have been matched with households in Westminster so far, we have set up a support team within our Family Hubs who are now making telephone contact with the sponsors to gather and share information, discuss expectations and ensure they have got the necessary safety certificates and equipment such as smoke detectors in place, ready for our home visit.
Statement from the Leader of the Council
Leader’s statement of solidarity with the Mayor’s 'London stands with Ukraine' vigil and march, on Saturday 26 March.