What support is available for Ukrainian nationals ?

Information on support available and how Surrey can help

Commenting on the support being offered for those fleeing the war in Ukraine Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver said "At this incredibly difficult time for Ukraine, I am heartened to see the country pull together as it has done and step up to support those who have been displaced by this despicable invasion. We will continue to work with the Government to ensure everyone has all they need to provide whatever help we can, while making it as straightforward as possible to do so. Finally, let me add my thanks to the residents of Surrey and the whole country for everything that they have done so far."

I am Ukrainian and I need help

For more information on the support for Ukrainian nationals including school admissions, free rail travel and Government sponsorship schemes visit our Support for Ukrainian nationals webpage.

I live in Surrey and want to help

Residents who wish to offer accommodation to Ukrainians fleeing the fighting can find details on how to register through our Support for Ukrainian nationals web pages.

Whilst those who want to donate can continue to do so through the British Red Cross Disaster Emergency Committee Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.

Below is a list of organisations across Surrey who are providing support and may have opportunities for people to help out or donate items.

Voluntary Support Help and advice within Surrey

The following organisations across Surrey have offered help, support and advice for Ukrainian's living in Surrey, and places where others can offer help or donations. Some organisations offer support across the whole of Surrey others are specific to a local area.

Support across Surrey

Active Surrey. Woking. GU22 7QQ

Surrey Youth Games a range of beginners sports activities. Aged 6 to 16 years.

Website: Active Surrey website

Please contact for more details bob.pritchard@surreycc.gov.uk

Big Leaf Foundation. Guildford. GU24 8UH

Countywide but more focus in Guildford and Redhill. Activities for displaced teenagers, football, cricket, equine therapy, music, creative arts, ESOL, life in the UK, cookery. Young people aged 16 to 25.

Website: Big Leaf Foundation website

Please contact for more details via email: contact@bigleaffoundation.org.uk or telephone: 07850766177

Happy Healing Hut CIC, Healing Hubs and Be Happy@Home. Farnham. GU34 1HG

Support around Mental Health and Wellbeing, combat isolation. Have a helpline, offer befriending and take referrals from Social Prescribers

Looking for Ukrainian speaking volunteers for the helpline.

Website: The Happy Healing Hut website

Please contact for more details sarah@thehappyhealinghut.com

Headway. Guildford. GU2 9PU

Counselling for dealing with an acquired brain injury. Injury from Combat, explosion, stroke and so on. Executive skill deficiencies, memory, fatigue, information processing, change of personality, emotional and behavioural changes. Support for family to help someone recover with these injuries. Online and face to face, counselling, one to one support, group workshops, art therapy, family survival toolkit course, understanding brain injury course. Aged 18 plus.

Website: Headway Surrey website

Please contact for more details via email: sonja@headwaysurrey.org or telephone: 01483 455225

Queen Elizabeth Foundation (QEF) for disabled people.

Housing support offer logged through Government website, support with training and employment, free loaning mobility equipment

Website: Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) website

Please contact for more details via email: Tiffeny.johnson@qef.org.uk or telephone: 01372 841207

Stripey Stork. Reigate. RH2 9EL

Children's toys, clothes, equipment, toiletries. Aged 0 to 16. Toiletries for parents too.

Website: Ukrainian families – help and support from Stripey Stork website

Please contact for more details via email: nicola@stripeystork.org.uk or telephone:01737 423771

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care. Guildford. GU1 3UQ

English speaking helpline for substance misuse. Helpline number is 0808 8025000 Aged 18 plus

Website: Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care website

Please contact for more details via email: Coordinator@sdac-helpline.co.uk or telephone: 07554 991055

Surrey Welfare Rights Unit. Woking. GU21 5LY

Benefits and Level 1 immigration advice.

Website: Surrey Welfare Rights Unit website

Please email for more details: bureau@swru.org

Young Epilepsy. Lingfield. RH7 6PW

Support for young people with epilepsy and their families. SEND provision based in Lingfield. Support with job opportunities. Up to aged 25 years.

Website: Young Epilepsy website

Please contact for more details via email: sbrighton@youngepilepsy.org.uk or telephone: 01342 8322423 extension 549.


Elmbridge support

Elmbridge CAN. Molesey. KT8 8EN

Support refugees/asylum seekers with one to one language tuition, homework help for children, help with employment support.

Website: Elmbridge CAN website

Please contact for more details via email: contact@elmbridgecan.org.uk

Homestart. Elmbridge. KT12 2TZ

One to one or group support for parents of children aged 0 to 11 years.

Website: Homestart Elmbridge website

Please contact for more details via email: chodges@home-start-elmbridge.org.uk or telephone: 0203 7577221

Oasis Childcare Centre. Elmbridge and surrounding areas.KT11 2AE

Food, clothes and household goods. Outreach and family support. Nursery places. ESOL, family crisis management.

Website: Oasis Childcare Centre website

Please contact for more details via email: info@oasischildcare.co.uk or telephone: 01032 887947


Epsom and Ewell support

Age Concern Epsom and Ewell. KT18 5AG

Welfare Benefits check and applications, Medical Transport scheme, IT support, Foot Clinic, Social Support . Aged 65 plus

Website: Age Concern Epsom and Ewell website

Please contact for more details via email: dorahmay.hancock@ageconcernepsom.org.uk or telephone: 01372732457

Epsom and Ewell PHAB. KT17 3DS

Sports, games, crafts, dancing for all abilities. Aged 8 to 18 years. Fully accessible and welcome disabled, non disabled, sibling groups and activities free of charge. There is an opportunity for parents and carers to socialise too.

Website: Epsom and Ewell PHA website

Please contact for more details via email: phab@phab.org or telephone: 01372 732457


Guildford support

Ash Villages Support Circle. Guildford. GU10.

Help with settling into UK, registering with GP, school transport, shopping, applying for benefits and friendship. Ash, Ash Vale and Ash Green

Please contact for more details via email: carla@ash-ashvale.co.uk or telephone: 07843489796

CHIPS Guildford. GU1, GU2, GU10

Playscheme during holidays for refugee children and those with additional needs. Aged 5 to 11 years. Currently welcoming refugee children and those with additional needs.

Website: Chips Holiday Playscheme website

Please contact for more details via email: chipsguildford@hotmail.co.uk or telephone: 07803721681

Mane Chance Sanctuary. Guildford. GU3 1DL

Offer respite, socials, picnic, gatherings, time with rescued horses.

Website: Mane Chance Sanctuary website

Please email for more details: abi@manechancesanctuary.org

St Mary's Church Chit Chat. Guildford. GU1 3TY

Drop in sessions to practice language skills. Aged 18+

Website: Chit Chat Guildford website

Please contact for more details via email: andreacampionsmith@hotmail.com or telephone 01483 570102


Mole Valley support

Bookham Baptist's Children's Centre. Bookham. KT23 4DH

Coffee morning for new Ukrainian Refugee families on Saturdays 10am to 11am.

Website: Bookham Baptist Children's Centre website

Horley Town Hall. Horley. RH6 7HZ

Hall hire for gatherings.

Website: Horley Town Hall website

The Grange. KT23 4DZ.

Mostly Mole Valley area. Temporary places on skills activity programmes for adults and children with learning and physical disabilities until provision is set up. Could set up ad hoc evening and weekend if high demand. Access to rooms/outdoor spaces to meet, social activities. Access to heated therapy pools. Employment opportunities and community Fridge on site Tuesday 10.30am to 11.30am. If wanting to take advantage of employment opportunities, DBS checks and references will be required, basic English and soft interview

Website: The Grange website

Please contact for more details email: Eloise.appleby@grangecentre.org.uk or telephone: 07713876168


Reigate and Banstead support

Christ Central Church. Redhill. RH1 1LY.

Website: Christ Central Church Redhill website

Churches for Horley Foodbank. Reigate and Banstead. RH6 7AS

Food, toiletries, cleaning products. Pick up from Horley Methodist Church.

Website: Horley Foodbank website

Please contact for more details via email: horleyfoodbank@gmail.com or telephone: 07731 8877439


Surrey Heath support

Camberley Besom.

Accepting donations of bedding, small Electricals, kitchen starter packs (including china and cutlery, cooking pans etc, new mum packs, food, toiletries and cleaning. Helping refugees with things until Universal Credit is sorted out. All ages.

Website: Camberley Besom website

Please contact for more details via email: camberleybesom@googlemail.com. or telephone: 07527 396683

Citizens Advice. Surrey Heath. GU15 3HD

Some emergency funding. Help with applying for benefits. Signpost for wider support available.

Website: Citizens Advice Surrey Heath website

Please contact for more details via email: ceo@camberley.cabnet.org.uk or telephone: 01276 417903


Waverley support

Busbridge and Hambledon Church. Godalming. GU7 1XB

Information, support and advice.

Website: Busbridge and Hambledon Church website

Citizens Advice Waverley. Farnham GU9 7RN

Immigration to Level 1 Benefits, Housing advice, accessing wider support, advice on employment and debt.

Please call for more details: 0808 2787880

Citizens Advice Waverley. Cranleigh GU6 8AF

Housing advice, accessing wider support, advice on employment and debt.

Citizens Advice Waverley. Godalming. GU7 1BA.

Access to translation for advice work via Language Line. Financial and benefits advice.

Citizens Advice Waverley. Haslemere. GU27 2LB.

Support refugees/asylum seekers with one to one language tuition, homework help for children, help with employment support.

Website: Citizens Advice Waverley website

Godalming Baptist Church. Godalming. GU7 1BA

Leisure activities.

Website: Godalming Baptist Church website

Farnham Maltings. Farnham. GU9 7QR

Support for settling into UK, language and friendships.

Website: Farnham Maltings website

Please contact for more details via email town.clerk@farnham.gov.uk or telephone 01252 712667

Happy Healing Hut CIC, Healing Hubs and Be Happy@Home. Farnham GU34 1HG

Looking for Ukrainian speaking volunteers for the helpline. Support around Mental Health and Wellbeing, combat isolation.

Website: The Happy Healing Hut CIC website

Please contact for more details sarah@thehappyhealinghut.com

Haslemere Food Bank. Haslemere. GU27 1LD

The Church offers a meeting place for refugees in the area for social and advice sessions using its café and meeting rooms. All children must be accompanied. Donations: Food, toiletries, cleaning products.

Website: Haslemere Food Bank website

Please contact for more details via email dnarice@btinternet.com or telephone: 07952 687378

Rowledge Village Hall. Farnham. GU10 4DH

Hall hire for meetings and social gatherings.

Website: Rowledge Village Hall website

Sayers Croft Trust. GU67 7SS.

Outdoor activity days, for children but would welcome families. Caving, ropes and raft building, building confidence and making friendships. Happy to support anyone from anywhere but they would need to come to Ewhurst.

Website: Sayers Croft website

Please contact for more details via email: trust@sayers-croft.org.uk or telephone: 01483 275541

Waverley Hoppa Community Transport. GU8 5SZ.

Free transport. Accessible mini buses for school children both mainstream and SEND, older people and disabled people.

Website: Waverley Hoppa Community Transport website

Please contact for more details via email: richard@hoppa.org.uk or telephone: 01428 681710


Woking support

Woking Foodbank. Woking. GU21 6BG

Long life food, including baby food, formula milk, toiletries, nappies, household cleaning products.

Website: Woking Foodbank website

Please contact for more details via email: info@woking.foodbank.org.uk or telephone: 07896 077760

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