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York Stands with Ukraine

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The people of York stand with the people of Ukraine at this terrible and deeply worrying time. 

The response from York's residents and businesses has been immediate and heartfelt and we are working to support this humanitarian effort. Residents who are looking for ways to support those affected by the current situation in Ukraine can now find information on the Council's website

The new page, which has been created to hep direct support efforts, provides links to national and local campaigns, charities and groups who are working to support refugees ad those impacted by the current crisis. 

As more people flee Ukraine our teams will be ready to work with those wanting to offer housing and do all we can to help those displaced by this horrific war. York will welcome refugees from Ukraine who seek safety in our city, and we are working together with regional partners to ensure we can support the welfare of families and individuals suffering because of the Russian invasion. 

The City of York stands in solidarity with refugees; we have a long and proud history of supporting refugees in York, and we're ready to do so again. 

We are currently going through all investments, contracts and procurement arrangements to ensure we are not trading with Russian companies, and will take immediate action to end contracts if necessary.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said:

"York has always been a city of sanctuary and offered support to those in need. We have all seen how supportive and caring our local communities are, and we have already received enquiries from residents and local groups wanting to offer support. We are lucky to be home to such a caring community, which is so ready to offer help. We will continue to work with Government and Migration Yorkshire to understand how people can provide the most assistance to those that need it."

Councillor Andy D'Agorne, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Transport, said:

"We have seen how ready the people of York are to offer help where it's most needed. The new webpage will provide a hub for anyone wanting to offer support or get involved, and will make sure their efforts have the most impact possible. We want to thank everyone that has already come forward to offer their help."

Anyone wishing to find out more about how they can support those affected should visit https://www.york.gov.uk/UkrainianRefugeeSupport

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