One year on from the invasion and Sheffield stands by Ukraine

Following the one year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine last week, people in Sheffield seem determined to continue to support Ukrainian refugees who have fled the country.

Communities and charities within Sheffield, such as Sheffield City Sanctuary, are still offering support and aid towards Ukrainian families through their website, as well as weekly drop-in sessions every Wednesday whereby people can seek support, advice, information and sanctuary.

The Sanctuary’s weekly drop-in sessions “aims to challenge the hostile environment and reduce practical barriers to accessing support by bringing together different agencies in one easily accessible and central location.”

Sheffield City Council is continuing to show support towards Ukrainian refugees following the outbreak of the war. On its website, Sheffield City Council provide the option to donate through several different well-known charities, such as DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee), The British Red Cross and Save the Children.

Councillor Terry Fox (Leader of the Council), Councillor Douglas Johnson (Leader of the Green Party) and Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed (Leader of the Liberal Democrats) released a statement last year about the situation in Ukraine.

“We have all been deeply troubled by what is happening in Ukraine and our hearts are breaking for the people who are having to flee for safety.”

“Sheffield is a city of sanctuary, we are proud of that fact and our city is open to those who need a safe place in their time of need.”

The University of Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University, have both offered support to students and staff members as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The University of Sheffield has introduced a “first of its kind in the UK” Ukrainian language conversion course. This has been set up for people who already speak or are studying Russian or other Slavonic languages and wish to learn Ukrainian at a faster pace.

Collaborating with the University of Lviv, who are providing the academics, as well as establishing the course at the University, the initiative will be hosted at Sheffield for six months each.

The work being done is all happening under the University of Sheffield’s University of Sanctuary initiative, which provides support to students, academics and other staff who are affected by war in their home country.

Photo from AUGB Sheffield (Facebook), taken at the vigil last week.

Sheffield Hallam University’s Refugee Rights Hub, established in September 2018, trains undergraduate and postgraduate students to work alongside qualified OISC registered immigration and asylum specialists, helping refugees navigate the complex processes and procedures for making family reunification applications.

The Refugee Rights Hub can also offer free legal advice and support for those wanting to bring Ukrainian family members to the UK.

Like last year, Sheffield Town Hall was illuminated in blue and yellow, and following the anniversary, as another mark of solidarity, Sheffield Cathedral hosted a photo expedition: “Sheffield Stands with Ukraine,” telling the story of many people who have found shelter in Sheffield.

Donations towards charities like Sheffield City of Sanctuary, DEC, The British Red Cross and Save the Children can be made online through the different websites.

Ukrainians tell their story at Sheffield vigil – ShefLive: One year on from the invasion and Sheffield stands by Ukraine Exhibition showed how Sheffield stands with Ukraine one year on from the Russian invasion – ShefLive: One year on from the invasion and Sheffield stands by Ukraine

Written by Oliver Pallas

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