Support from charities and organisations
The organisations listed below are offering support and assistance with the aim to help you settle into life in Bexley. Provided are details of what the organisations are about and what they can offer you, in addition to operating hours and contact information.
If you are from an organisation or network and wish to help, please let us have your contact details and some information about the sort of help that you may be able to offer.
Barnardo’s free helpline to support Ukrainian families
Following a discussion with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Barnardo’s has set up the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service. The helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.
Barnardo’s free helpline is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, to offer support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine.
Telephone: 0800 148 8586
The helpline is open Monday to Friday (10am to 8pm) and Saturday (10am to 3pm). Callers will be able to get help and advice on a range of topics.
Bexley Deaf Centre
Bexley Deaf Centre has a member of staff who can communicate in International Sign Language if any assistance is required by refugees who are deaf, sign language users.
We have a member of staff who can communicate in International Sign Language if required.
We can also carry out minor repairs and maintenance on hearing aids including re-tubing and battery distribution.
We can offer basic hearing checks if anyone is worried about their hearing.
We can help with any hearing related issues. If we are not able to help directly we are able to signpost to the most appropriate service.
Telephone: 01322 351122
Operating hours: 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Bexley Deaf Centre 20 Whitehall Lane, Slade Green, DA8 2DH
Bexley Voluntary Services Council (BVSC)
BVSC is the Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) set up to offer support to organisations and residents of the London Borough of Bexley. BVSC is the 'go to' place for all things community and voluntary related; whether you want to volunteer your time, are looking for volunteers or want to find out about local organisations.
British Red Cross - Refugee Support Ukraine Response
The British Red Cross (BRC) has established a Refugee Support Service in London to help refugees access essential services in their local community.
Further information is available from the following BRC guides:
- Refugee Support Ukraine Support (Ukrainian language)
- Refugee Support Ukraine Support (English language)
- Refugee Support Ukraine Support (Russian language)
Further information and support is available from the BRC website.
Busy Bees Nurseries
Busy Bee Nurseries are offering 10 free sessions (each session is half a day) per week per nursery for Ukrainian refugees.
They can be split across multiple children or families. Depending on the capacity at a particular site. Will also support switchover to LA provided 30 hours a week for children of eligible age.
Contact your local Busy Bee nursery or email email@example.com.
Carers Support Bexley
Carers Support Bexley is a registered charity whose purpose is to provide information, support and breaks for unpaid carers. We aim always to be flexible and helpful, rather than expect carers to fit in with us.
Carers breaks service
We provide flexible respite for carers by offering support to people in their own homes. Support is given by fully trained, full-time volunteers enabling the cared-for person company and the carer a break.
Information and Support
A worker who can talk to you on the telephone and help to identify sources of local help.
Advice about welfare benefits and help with completing claim forms. We can visit you at home to do this if you wish.
Volunteers who can offer emotional support and a listening ear for carers who are isolated.
Telephone number: 020 8302 8011
Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (Breaks and Support worker service operate on weekends).
We are not an emergency service so can not guarantee an immediate response however we aim to respond with 2 working days.
Diabetes UK Bexley Group
Diabetes UK's aim is to offer mutual support, sharing information about the condition and the good practice in care and treatment. Also to ensure that high levels of professional care are available and maintained by the local Health Authorities and other health care providers. To become involved as laypersons with regional and national level study and research projects.
Telephone: 01322 409312
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 8pm
46 Woodside Road Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 6JZ
Bexley enjoys a wide range of faith organisations that welcome and support their local communities.
There is a Ukrainian Mass Church Service at Christ Church Bexleyheath, on a regular basis each Sunday at 2pm conducted by Ukrainian speaking priest Father Myroslav.
St Peter’s Church, Pickford Lane, Bexleyheath
Family Law Bar Association
The Family Law Bar Association provide legal services to advise on the legal status of any unaccompanied minors including on matters of who is responsible for exercising parental responsibility for them, how that is secured, and the existing legal framework for managing their care plans/support.
Groundwork – Together South Programme
Together South works to support refugees and non-EU migrants in South London, helping them to connect with and thrive in their communities by providing English language lessons, employment advice and community activities. All activities the programme offers are free of charge.
The aim of the programme is to support refugees and non-EU migrants in South London boroughs to integrate into UK society by focusing on 3 key areas:
- Language: Conversational English language support will help participants to communicate more easily with UK citizens, and access services.
- Culture: Refugees and migrants will take part in community activities alongside UK citizens to promote inter-cultural understanding.
- Preparation for work: Participants will be offered employable skills training, careers advice and pastoral care via Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG).
This is an online service operating between 9am to 5pm.
For more information on the Together South programme email Joshua Schneider; firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 07912 274858
Help to find sponsors in the UK
A list of voluntary and community sector organisations running schemes which provide support for and help match people coming from Ukraine with sponsors in the UK.
Mifadelo Global Foundation
MIFADELO global foundation is an international membership, non-profit making and volunteering organization with head office in the United Kingdom. We work with various organizations, other agencies and volunteers all over the world for poverty alleviation, ethnic and religious harmony, dispute resolution and reconciliation, wellness and health care.
Our services include the provision of food, clothing and shelter for the poor, the needy, the homeless people and the refugees. We welcome new members, partners, donors, sponsors, private individuals, businesses companies, other organizations and Agencies who are willing to promote our cause for the benefit of the public and the communities.
Operating hours are between 9am to 5pm
92 Lower Road Belvedere, Bexley, DA176DZ
The National Trust are providing free six month passes for National Trust sites. These will provide free entry to any individual refugee who are currently staying with an active National Trust member, and can be renewed as long as they are eligible.
The offer is available by emailing email@example.com.
Online free learning platform with a variety of courses. Includes hub aimed at refugees specifically.
- we can offer support to people with mental health issues including anxiety depression, low mood PTSD to access training, volunteering and paid employment opportunities. We can support with CV building, jobs searching, applications and interview coaching etc
- we can offer to support to clients with learning disabilities in the form of workshops and sessions they can attend.
- we can offer an informal meeting space and refreshments.
- we can offer space to be a collection point for donations.
- we offer access to IT equipment, computers etc and IT training.
- we can offer wellbeing packages through our WRAP project
We would really like to help in any way we can, so if there is something you need that is not covered in what we have listed it’s worth giving us a call to see if we can accommodate a request or direct you to someone who can help.
We have two sites:
- Erith Town Centre at the Erith Riverside Shopping Centre. Get directions
- Erith Community Hall on West Street in Erith next to St Johns Church. Get directions
Usual operating hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, but we can make our space available at other times.
Getting in contact
- Gillian Simons - 01322 438 155 or 07719066506
- Simon Hart - 01322 438 155
- Gillian Simons - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Simon Hart - email@example.com
We always aim to respond within 24 hours.
Rochester Diocese is a diverse and vibrant family of faith within the Church of England, covering the areas of Medway, north and west Kent and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.
The Diocese and its Local Churches will seek to provide a place of welcome for all families arriving in its local communities.
The offer will vary depending on the parish. However, at a high level, Ukrainian families will be offered hospitality, supported in their integration within Bexley as well as offered a place to meet with other Ukrainians.
Spiritual support will also be on offer.
A couple of events are being planned by St John’s Church, Sidcup:
- Drop-in clinic and welcome event for families who have arrived. This event will be attended by services from Bexley, NHS, BVSC etc. Tuesday 17 May from 3pm to 6pm
- Spiritual Service focusing on Ukraine – Sunday 29 May at 10am
Services and events will be posted on our website and Facebook pages ahead of time.
Find out more information from Rochester Diocese
Rochester Diocese can also be contacted by email on; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Support for Ukrainians in accessing work or education in the civil/town planning market.
Sight Loss Sector Charities
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are looking for organisations who are keen to provide, sight loss awareness e-learning training, access to support services, free specialist equipment, advice on pet welfare, community connections, connection with local sight loss organisations.
Email PublicAffairs@rnib.org.uk to find out more.
Ukrainian Refugee Help
The website has useful information for Ukrainians arriving in the UK, covering topics in depth such as benefits, work, childcare, renting, social housing and Ukrainian specific topics such as what to be aware of when going to back to Ukraine, changing sponsors and the best way to apply for things which can't be done online.
Ukrainians Welcome - це спільна ініціатива британських організацій, що борються з рабством та за права людини. Її мета - надати корисну інформацію щодо безпеки та життя в цілому у Великобританії переміщеним українцям.
Ukrainians Welcome - это совместная инициатива британских организаций, борющихся с рабством и правами человека. Его целью является предоставление полезной информации о безопасности и жизни перемещенных украинцев в Великобритании в целом.
Ukrainians Welcome is a new website full of useful information for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK. This website is aimed at refugees with a view to making your lives easier and keeping you safe from the very real threat of exploitation. The one-stop website includes information in English, Ukrainian and Russian relating to:
Visit the Ukrainians Welcome website to find out more:
Offer to quickly mobilise volunteers to welcome families and identify, help with any practical needs in any part of the UK through national network of churches.
Volunteers can offer psychosocial support to families also.