25 drop-off donation points around the UK to help Ukraine, plus 7 charity campaigns to follow

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Photo credit: Martin Pope - Getty Images

Looking for practical ways to help as the war unfolds in Ukraine? From donating clothing to volunteering in person, you can help families and children caught in the conflict by donating items to keep them safe, warm and fed.

Take a look below at the various places you can donate around the country. Many smaller local shops and supermarkets may also accept donations, so do enquire in your local area if you can't find the right one in the list below.

NOTE: Many of the donation points have been busy this week and some have stopped accepting new drop-offs while they process existing items. Please check with the organisers before taking your donations.

Keep scrolling for a list of official charities to donate to, too.

NORTH

1. Dyce, Aberdeen
Over in Aberdeen, Paula Śledzińska has set up a collection point for Ukraine. They are in need of items including flasks, hot water bottles, protein bars, bandages, dry food (rice and pasta), sleeping bags, wet baby wipes, sanitary pads/tampon, first aid kits, and pet food. For more information, head over to their Facebook page or call Kacha on 07578272767. Please note that the collection has paused due to a lack of space, so do contact before dropping any items off.

Address: Craigievar House, Craigievar House, Howe Moss Ave, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Aberdeen AB21 0GP.

2. Ukrainian Crisis Pet Appeal, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
This newly-launched crisis appeal needs urgent help with volunteers and drop-off points around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information about where you can donate. They have also recently set up a JustGiving page, hoping to raise £6,000 for the pet crisis appeal.

The organisers explain: "We are looking for locations that are drop off points all over the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for the pet donations to be taken to. If you have adequate garage storage space or have a business that has the room to take in the donations until van pick can be arranged to bring to our storage area in Aberdeen please message."

3. Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
West Church Hall in Aberdeenshire is no longer collecting donations due to reaching capacity, however volunteers are desperately needed to help sort donations at Craigievar House, Howe Moss Avenue, Dyce AB21 0GP. Head over to their Facebook page for more information.

4. Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
Please donate items to the Storage building at 31b High Street, Inverallochy, Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 1pm and 6pm to 7pm. See this Facebook post for more information about what you can do to help.

Photo credit: Witthaya Prasongsin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Witthaya Prasongsin - Getty Images

5. Banff, Aberdeenshire
The Co-op on Bridge Road has also had to pause accepting donations, to an overwhelming number of items. Their post says: "Due to the tremendous support from the kind people of Banff we have had to put a stop on further donations until we can manage to have the ones we already have collected. If anyone is able to help with this please feel free to message me."

See here for more information.

6. Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Maryana Eddie, owner of Prestige Town in Aberdeenshire, is organising collections to help Ukraine. Some of the items they urgently need include torches, powerpacks, binoculars, large suitcases and storage bags. See here for more information.

Address: Craigievar House, Howe Moss Ave, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Aberdeen AB21 0GP Sunday 10am - 3pm, Monday 3pm - 6pm

7. Red Cross fundraiser, Shetland
You can donate to the Shetland Stands with Ukraine fundraiser here. This is an easy way to help people in need get enough water, food and clothing supplies.

8. Oban, Argyll and Bute
If you live in Oban, follow the Oban Helps Ukraine Facebook page for updates on where you can donate. They also desperately need packing boxes to transport goods to Ukraine. Some of the collection points so far include:

  • The Rockfield Centre (Charity shop huts) Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 11am -3pm

  • The Taynuilt Pavillon Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March 10am - 1pm

  • The Happy Wee Health Club

  • The Racer Cafe Barcaldine Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March 11am-2pm

  • The Creagan Inn, Appin Wednesday 2nd March after 4pm

9. Mossgiel Organic Farm, Scotland

Clothes, blankets, duvets, sleeping bags, toys, nappies and canned food are being accepted by Mossgiel Organic Farm in Scotland. For more information, head over to their Twitter page.

Address: West Mossgiel Farm, Tarbolton Rd, Mauchline KA5 5LL

10. Vilnius Polish Centre, Bury, Manchester
Over in Manchester, the Vilnius Polish Centre has set up donation points to support refugees fleeing Ukraine. The centre is appealing for new clothing and shoes, toiletries, blankets, sleeping bags, bandages, nappies and baby wipes, sanitary products, crayons and colouring books, as well as volunteers who can package items.

Address: Polish Social Centre, Back East Street, Bury, BL9 0RU

WEST MIDLANDS

11. Malvern Bakehouse, Malvern
The Malvern Bakehouse is no longer collecting donations, after an influx of drop-offs. At present, they are raising money for Chleb Życia – a Polish charity which helps Ukrainian refuge families. For more information about how you can donate, see here.

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Photo credit: Anadolu Agency - Getty Images

12. Smethwick, West Midlands
The Bearded Broz, developed with the intention to help others in need, are urging people to donate clothing for those crossing the border into Poland. For more information on how to donate, contact 07767164246.

EAST

13. Bedfordshire
Over in Bedfordshire, the Central Beds Ukraine Appeal have a large operation going on across central Bedfordshire villages, sending vans and lorries full of items to both the White Eagle Club in Balham and also to the border of Poland directly. For more information, head over to their Facebook page.

SOUTH

14. Westbury, Wiltshire
For those living in Wiltshire, a new donation point in the town of Westbury has been set up. They are looking for clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, children's toys, pet food, and long-lasting cupboard supplies, such as pasta and rice.

The donation point posted: "We are in touch with a hostel in Zgierz and a volunteer centre in Lodz, every item donated will go directly into hands of the Ukrainian people in need."

Address: Daykin Estates, Unit 4 Rockhaven Business Park, Commerce Close, Westbury BA13 4FZ

15. Salisbury Salvation Army
The Salisbury Salvation Army branch is currently accepting financial gifts for Ukraine to help fund relief and work in Ukraine, while also providing help to the countries surrounding Ukraine's borders. You can also donate via their Just Giving page.

Address: 6-10 Salt Lane Salisbury SP1 1EE

16. Head To Toe Nail Salon, Winchester Street, Salisbury
The team at Head To Toe in Salisbury are appealing for thermal blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, toys, new or undamaged clothes, waterproof jackets, underwear, soap, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hairbrushes, sanitary pads and antiseptics. Head to their website for more information.

Address: 38 Winchester Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1HG

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Photo credit: Silent_GOS - Getty Images


17. Polish Social Club, Southhampton
The Polish Social Club are taking donations which will be sent to Medyka (Polish-Ukrainian border) from Southampton. They are kindly asking for donations of:

  • Nappies & wet wipes, including nappies for elderly

  • Dry sanitary products

  • Thermal clothes and gloves

  • Batteries, flashlights and candles

  • Food for children – long term and dry

  • Warm blankets and sleeping bags

  • Painkillers

  • Dressings

  • Face masks and hand gels

  • Dog/cat food

Please donate any items to: The Polish Social Club 507 Portswood Road, SO17 2TH. For more information, head over to their Facebook page. They are also now looking for monetary donations.

18. Emersons Green Village Hall, Bristol
Locals in Bristol have set up a donation collection point in Ukraine at Emersons Green Village Hall. Some of the items they need include baby cream, cleaning products, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, pillows, and mattresses. Make sure you contact before dropping items off. For more information, head over to their Facebook page.

Address: Emerson Way, Emersons Green BS16 7AP

LONDON

19. The Polish White Eagle Club in Balham, South London
The Polish White Eagle Club in Balham is accepting clothing, bedding and other items to help refugees in Ukraine. They have been overwhelmed with donations, so do contact them before dropping off any extra supplies.

Address: 211 Balham High Rd, London SW17 7BQ

20. North London Collection Centre
Donations in the city can also be dropped off at the North London Collection Centre. Items needed include nappies, sanitary items, towels, reusable cutlery, toothbrushes and underwear.

Address: 233 Willesden Lane, NW2 5RP. 7am-8pm

21. UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)
The students at SSEES are arranging a collection point for Ukrainian refugees. They have explained that they don't need any food items, but instead need medical supplies, toiletries, hygiene products and clothes.

Address: 16 Taviton St, WC1H 0BW. Tue Mar 1, 10am-5.15pm and Wed Mar 2, 10am-7pm

22. SOAS World Development Society
The SOAS World Development Society has partnered with the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL who is organising a donation drive to Lviv, Ukraine. Clothing is no longer the most important donation, but instead they have expressed a need for cardboard boxes to pack goods in.

Address: 10 Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

23. The Prosperity restaurant, Twickenham, London
The Prosperity restaurant in Twickenham has been flooded with donations by kind-hearted Londoners, but they are still accepting items including blankets, painkillers, medicine, hot water bottles, baby food, diapers, and feminine sanitary products.

Address: 59 York Street, TW1 3LP

24. Ukrainian London, various locations
To make it easier for Londoners to donate, Ukrainian London has compiled a list of the various collection points for humanitarian and medical aid items. See here for a full list of the locations around the city.

Photo credit: Anthony Devlin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Anthony Devlin - Getty Images

WALES

25. Women of Newport, Wales
If you live in Newport and want to donate, some of the locations accepting donations include:

  • University building, reception (from 9am till 9pm)

  • Le Pub (opening hours)

  • Rogue Fox Coffee House (opening hours)

  • The Cellar Door (next to the Rogue Fox Coffee House, after 4pm till 7pm)

For more information, head over to their Facebook page. They are also looking for food donations for volunteers, so do drop off what you can. As well as this, they have also set up a donation page where people can help volunteers.

The team said: "Money raised through this Go Fund Me campaign will not go to those fleeing the war in Ukraine. It will support the volunteers organising the donations you have given to Women of Newport, covering costs like petrol, food, road charges, hire fees etc."

What charities are taking donations for Ukraine?

There are also a whole host of charities taking donations to help those in Ukraine. Some are accepting monetary gifts, while others will take clothing, food and toy donations. You will find more information by clicking on each one below. We also recommend contacting your local charity shops to see whether they are taking donations.

What else can you do to help?

A new government scheme will allow British households to welcome Ukrainians into their homes, as new figures reveal that 2.5 million people have fled the war in Ukraine since Russia's invasion on 24th February. In return, sponsors will receive £350 per month. If you want to host a refugee, you will have to agree to take the refugees for a minimum period (possibly around six months) and demonstrate that you meet appropriate standards. You will not be expected to cover the costs of food and living expenses, although you may wish to offer this yourself.

"The courage shown by the Ukrainian people in the face of devastation caused by the invasion of their great country is nothing short of remarkable," Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove, said.

"The United Kingdom has a long and proud history of helping others in their hour of need and our new Homes for Ukraine scheme offers a lifeline to those who have been forced to flee. I'm asking people across our country who can provide a home for Ukrainians to consider being sponsors."

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