Support for Ukrainian refugees: CamRuSS for Ukraine
Please note that we have set up a new contact email address for our Ukraine response initiatives. From now on, any enquiries or offers of help should be directed here: email@example.com
If you would like to volunteer with CamRuSS for Ukraine, please complete this form.
Our new Helpline launched on Monday 2 May. The Helpline aims to facilitate communication between Ukrainian refugees and their host families by providing a translation service (Russian, English and Ukrainian), as well as an orientation information pack. The Helpline number is 05603 025975. It operates 09:00-18:00 on weekdays and 10:00-17:00 on Saturdays. If you speak English and either Russian or Ukrainian (or all three languages), have a smartphone or PC and are able to give 2-3 hours of your time at least one day a week, please contact Sayana Namsaraeva to join our team of volunteers.
The team at Cambridge4Ukraine (an initiative founded by Ukrainians in Cambridge) is assisting local hosts who wish to sponsor Ukrainians under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Click here to express your willingness to become a host.
For Ukrainian guests and their host families
If you would like to receive further information about our initiatives for Ukrainian refugees in Cambridge and the surrounding area (including free English language and cultural adaptation sessions), please complete this form.
Our English language sessions run every Monday and Thursday, 12:00-13:30 at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge CB2 3AR.
Ukrainian guests are warmly invited to our informal cultural adaptation sessions every Friday, 14:00-15:00 at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church. We’ll aim to share our experience and useful tips about life in Cambridge. These sessions will run in Russian.
Tanya Yurasova is pleased to offer free guided tours of Cambridge for newly arrived Ukrainians and their host families (for others there is a charge of £15 per person). Tours will take place every Wednesday at 10:15 and every Friday at 16:30. Call or text Tanya on 07815 101481 for further information or to sign up for a tour. Please note that advance booking is now essential!
Weekly meet-ups for Ukrainian guests are also taking place at Downing Place United Reformed Church (Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EL) every Saturday at 12:00. These meetings are organised by the Cambridge4Ukraine initiative in collaboration with Cambridge University Ukrainian Society; please check out their website for details of the latest local events in support of Ukraine.
Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC) has partnered with Laptops 4 Learning to provide IT equipment to those in Cambridgeshire who have fled the war in Ukraine. Please complete the form here. (If you, your company or academic institution might be able to donate surplus or old devices to be cleansed and refurbished for reuse by those in need, Laptops 4 Learning would be delighted to hear from you.)
Cambridge Regional College is running a Summer School for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students aged 19+. This course is fully funded for those who live in the Cambridgeshire or Peterborough areas. For further information or to apply now, email Patricia Kurl (in English) or email Eva Ivanovo (in English or Russian) or call 01223 226317.
Cambridge English Language Society offers free evening English speaking sessions in Arbury, Cambridge CB4 2LD. Sign up online here. You can also call 07773 877658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are a medical student, educator or healthcare professional who has fled the war in Ukraine, you can benefit from free membership of The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).
You can download a Russian-language guide for new cyclists in Cambridge here.
The national children’s charity Barnado’s has set up a Ukrainian Support Helpline. All the information you need is here.
Do you need help accessing food? You can find a complete list of Community Food Hubs (providing free food to those in need), Foodbanks, other food provision services and resources available in Cambridge here. Only people who have been referred by an agency can access Foodbanks. Food Hubs are accessible to everyone (no referral needed); they generally have bread, vegetables, and other items close to their “Best Before” or “Use By” dates. (It’s helpful to remember that “Best Before” is about quality, not safety. Meat and dairy products past their “Use By” dates should not be used.)
- FoodCycle, Saturdays, 12:30, St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church (vegetarian meal with a chance to sit down and chat)
- C3 Church, Fridays, 12:30, C3 Centre, Coldhams Lane, Cambridge CB1 3HR (pay-what-you-can meal – if you have no money, you can eat for free)
- Cambridge Community Kitchen (The Lockon, by the Grafton Centre), collection 18:00-18:30, delivery (CB1 to CB5 postcode districts) 18:30-20:00 (free, hot, vegan meals)
- St Paul’s Simple Supper, Mondays, 18:00, St Paul’s Cambridge, Hills Road
- Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK
- Welcome Pack in Ukrainian – Переїзд громадян України до Великої Британії – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Home for Ukraine Scheme
- Role of Sponsors
- Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions
- Homes for Ukraine: factsheet for Ukrainians
- Ukraine Family Scheme
- Government Free 24/7 helpline +44 808 164 8810 (0808 164 8810 if you’re in the UK). If you cannot contact UK 0808 numbers, please use +44 (0)175 390 7510.
Cambridge City Council
- 01223 457950
- Cambridge City Council Housing Advice Service 01223 457918
- Cambridge City Council Out-of-hours emergencies: 0330 053 8109
- Cambridge City Council all contact numbers – Contact us – Cambridge City Council
Other Useful Organisations:
- Cambridge 4 Ukraine – Home (Головна) (cambridge4ukraine.uk)
- Free sim cards: connected | End digital exclusion | Vodafone
- Cambridge Citizen’s Advice Bureau – Home – Citizens Advice Cambridge & District (cambridgecab.org.uk)
- The Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (CECF)is providing advice and practical help to asylum seekers and refugees in Cambridge
- The Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC)is recruiting volunteers and linking up community initiatives to assist refugees in the Cambridge area.