How to help people affected by the war in Ukraine

Last updated: 21 March, 2022

People are fleeing their homes because of the war in Ukraine.  

Community is more important than ever.  

Let's stand in solidarity and show the power of co-operation. 

Together, local communities, Co-op members, colleagues and customers can join people around the world to offer support.  

Here’s how you can help.  


As well as donating to large organisations, small community groups and individuals can raise money through donations. 

For ideas, read about the UK children raising funds for Ukraine with haircuts, walks and bakes

To get started: 

Provide a home to people    

If you live in the UK and would like to sponsor a Ukrainian family to stay, register your interest on Homes for Ukraine

Other organisations in the UK that work with volunteers to support refugees and asylum seekers include: Refugee Action, Refugee Council, Room for Refugees and Refugees at Home. 

Support your wellbeing 

This is a worrying time for everyone, especially those with friends and family in Ukraine and the bordering countries. 

It’s important to look after your own mental wellbeing. Our charity partner, Mind, have shared tips to help deal with anxiety around the war in Ukraine.  

We’ve put together a guide with 7 tips about how to look after your mental wellbeing. As well as ways to deal with grief and improve your mental wellbeing. 

Stay informed in small doses

The UK Government, Ukrainian Government and others have been sharing messages of support on social media using the hashtag #StandForUkraine  

Reading or watching the news can be a helpful way to stay informed, but it can also increase anxiety and fear.  

Our charity partner, Mind, suggest ways to limit your news intake.  

Join a peace protest

Find protests around the world that you can join to make your voice heard at

Share your story

Do you have a story about how your community has come together to support each other?

We'd love to share your story on our website to encourage other people to get or offer support.

Share your story

Find things to do and groups that support your community