Published on: 07 Mar 2022 14:58

Written by: Maryhill Housing

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we saw first-hand just how caring and compassionate the residents of Maryhill and Ruchill are.  People were willing to volunteer to help those in need; collecting shopping for neighbours, dropping off prescriptions and delivering emergency food packages.

We know that those same caring and compassionate people will now want to do what they can to help the people of Ukraine.  The recent Russian invasion has forced millions of Ukrainians to flee their homes, leaving loved ones and belongings behind.  Many people are taking cover from the shelling in basements and bomb shelters, but are going without the most basic supplies, like food and water.  It's a deeply distressing and difficult time but difficult times often bring out the best in people.

A local Facebook group called Helping Ukraine has been established to collect clothing and other essential items for Ukrainians who have fled to Poland.  You can find out more about their work by clicking here.

At Maryhill Housing, we also want to do what we can to support Ukraine and its people during this crisis.  We have made a donation to Glasgow the Caring City's emergency appeal for aid to Ukraine.  More information about this can be found by clicking here.

The Charity Commission state that donating to a registered charity is a good way to ensure that your money goes to those, in Ukraine or in neighbouring countries, who need it most.  Please remember to do the following simple checks before donating:

  • check the charity’s name and registration number at www.gov.uk/checkcharity. Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered, and you can use the advanced search function to identify charities working in specific regions and countries
  • make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information
  • be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them
  • contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with to understand how they are spending their funds
  • look out for the Fundraising Badge on charity fundraising materials, this is the logo which shows that a charity has committed to fundraise in line with the Code of Fundraising Practice.

Conflict, war and uncertainty can cause feelings of fear, sadness, anger and anxiety wherever you live.  It may help to speak to someone if your thoughts and feelings are overwhelming you.  You can call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or visit their website for more information.  For tips on how best to discuss current events with children, and to provide them with support and comfort, visit the UNICEF website