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Ukraine – Guidance from the Scottish Charity Regulator

Published: 01/03/2022
Updated: 01/03/2022

Guidance for donors – safe methods of giving support

The war in Ukraine has moved many Scots to want to help those affected by the war. People all over the UK are donating time and money to charities helping the Ukrainian people.

The UK and Scottish Governments are heavily committed to helping and are at the forefront of the international effort to support Ukraine. We know that many people in Scotland also want to help the Ukrainian people and are seeking the best way to achieve this.

The logistical costs and expertise required to supply aid to conflict zones are considerable and are best undertaken by existing organisations that have experience of operating in conflict zones or have existing operations in Ukraine.

Furthermore, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) now strongly advises against travelling to Ukraine. The whole of the country is at risk of ongoing Russian military activity and British consular assistance for British nationals in need of aid is limited.

The best way to help the people of Ukraine is to donate to, or volunteer with, charities that are registered in Scotland or the rest of the UK that have ongoing relief operations.


Consider the following key points

It’s easier and quicker to donate to established charities rather than set up your own; there are a number of charities with a presence in the region and a detailed understanding of the situation in conflict areas overseas.

When donating goods or money, check out charities carefully to satisfy yourself that your donations are going to reach the people that need them.

You should not travel to Ukraine. There are serious risks and you may compromise the current relief efforts.

The following guidance sets out in more detail the issues to consider and the reasons behind the above points.