Wilmslow Support for Ukraine


Wilmslow Town Council formally abhors the Russian incursion into the independent and democratic country of Ukraine.

We understand the need of local residents to help give support for Ukraine and for those fleeing the country and as such have created this page to provide some guidance on what you can do to help. 

Please note that and the guidance provided may be subject to change. Wilmslow Town Council is not reponsible for the information provided by external sources.

Ukrainian Welcome Café

The Ukrainian Welcome Café takes place every Tuesday evening from 6-8pm, in the foyer of Wilmslow United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 1PR.

Wilmslow Town Council has organised these informal drop-in sessions for Ukrainian families and their hosts who are living in the Wilmslow area. All are very welcome.
Please note that under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK

This is a government guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK. It also includes specific information for those arriving on the Homes for Ukraine scheme:

Cheshire East support for Ukrainian Crisis

National government has two main schemes to support Ukrainian nationals escaping the war in Ukraine - the Ukrainian Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine.

Cheshire East has an information page, that can be translated into Ukrainian or other languages, containing information on:

  • Homes for Ukraine scheme
  • Council responsibilities
  • Information for sponsors
  • Accomodation inspections
  • Information for Ukrainian refugees
  • Information about schools and education
  • Information for partners and other stakeholders
  • Latest news about support for the Homes for Ukraine scheme
  • Ukraine Family Scheme
  • Donations and Support
  • Donation of items
  • Financial contributions
  • Safeguarding Support

This information can be found at: 


If you have any questions regarding the scheme, please email: refugeeinfo@cheshireeast.gov.uk  or phone 0300 123 5034.

Offering a home to those fleeing Ukraine 

If you want to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine, you can become a ‘sponsor’ as part of the Government's Homes for Ukraine scheme.
The link to do this is:
There is criteria for the minimum amount of time you host the refugees so please ensure you read the information before registering. There have been reports of registration issues at busy times; it is worth trying very early or very late if you encounter problems.

Supporting Guests 

This government guidance outlines important information for sponsors, including responsibilities of sponsors and how sponsors may support their guests:


Wilmslow Town Council asks that - where possible - residents donate funds, which can be easily directed, unless specific items have been requested by a charity.
If you are in a position to make a cash donation, the Disasters Emergency Committee have a dedicated Ukraine fundraising campaign, working with 15 leading charities to provide food, water, shelter, healthcare and protection.
The website for this is:

Local Organisations

Hope and Aid Direct
Wilmslow United Reformed Church is acting as a collection point for the charity Hope and Aid Direct .

The current focus for Hope and Aid Direct's humanitarian aid is to trusted partners in Ukraine (37 trucks to date) but they also support refugees across Europe and have partnered with two local charities - Macclesfield Ukraine Aid and CARE UK Charity (Warrington) who provide support to local families in need.Items always needed are: blankets, sleeping bags, camping equipment, dressings, orthopaedic and medicines, men’s boots & trainers, good quality winter clothes (for men, women or children), camouflage materials, new underwear, nappies, toiletries, food, solar chargers, water purification, toys, gardening & mechanical tools, seeds, candles and more.

You will find the collection box in the entrance to the Church Halls at Wilmslow United Reformed Church.  More information on the Hope and Aid Direct charity can be found at:https://www.hopeandaiddirect.org.uk/

Ukraine Zone
Ukraine Zone is a team based in Cheshire, helping to reunite displaced Ukrainians back with loved ones. They are closely allied to a church in Mobberley and are undertaking humanitarian trips to the Ukrainian border to take aid and bring back refuguees to the North West UK. At times, Ukraine Zone is looking for very specific items and people to drive within their convoy.
Please visit their website for more details:

Support for Ukraine in the Wilmslow area Facebook page
In Wilmslow, there is a Facebook group, set up by residents, called Support for Ukraine in the Wilmslow area: 
The Support for Ukraine in the Wilmslow area group is a virtual forum for those hosting Ukrainian citizens and their guests, as well as being a local resource in terms of fundraising and events.

If you have information to add to the above list, please email comms@wilmslowtowncouncil.gov.uk