“God of strength and peace, send your blessing on the people of Ukraine.
Sustain them in their struggles, hold them in their fear,
protect them from all danger and be for them the hope they desire.
For Jesus Christ’s sake, Amen.”

+Robert Innes, Bishop of the Diocese in Europe, Church of England.

Update – mid May 2022
After considerable delays, a number of people and families have recently arrived from Ukraine and are hosted by families in the village, with more to come.

At Christ Church we have sorted through the donated materials and taken the items required urgently in Ukraine and the neighbouring states to the Bellfree in Redhill for transport and delivery. A BIG thank you to everyone who has dropped off clothing, bedding and other supplies.  We are unable to accept any more donations at the moment. However, should this change, we will indeed keep you informed.

We have sorted out donations which are being kept here for the Ukraine families who are to be hosted in the village.  This is mainly clothing and supplies for babies and young children.  We plan to have these available for browsing and selection in the Church Centre.

What we need now

At the moment we need clothe railings / racks and coat hangers to be able to sort and store the clothes.  Please contact the office if you can help.

Nutfield / South Nutfield village Facebook Page

A Facebook page has been set up by Nutfield residents to help coordinate our response and support – This is the link: www.facebook.com/groups/720550142660933

At Christ Church we wish, as a church and as part of the village of South Nutfield, to support the people of Ukraine as they endure unimaginable aggression and suffering.

We suggest three areas where we are able to provide assistance:

  • Refugee housing – The process of offering to host Ukrainian refugees is complex.  The host has to make contact with those refugees seeking to come to the UK, get all necessary details and apply for visas on their behalf.  To simplify this process a number of charities are acting as ‘bridges’ by being the hosting organisation as far as the UK government is concerned (undertaking all the administrative functions regarding visas etc) and then placing individuals and families with people who have registered with them as hosts.  Read this helpful guide from the Guadrian (LINK).

One such organisation is Positive Action in Housing’s  Rooms for Refugees programme (LINK).  My wife and I have had a number of years of experience with them, hosting refugees and asylum seekers in our home over several years.  There are two parts to their Ukraine refugee support process:

    • They have established a web site where Ukrainians seeking to come to the UK can register (LINK) .
    • If you wish to offer accommodation and host Ukrainian refugees you need to register with Positive Action in Housing’s  Rooms for Refugees programme (LINK).
“Room for Refugees is an established and respected refugee hosting programme in the U.K. with over 12,000 hosts and 20 years’ of expertise. We have sheltered 4,000 refugees to date. We receive referrals from over 400 refugee and aid organisations, including British Red Cross, Refugee Council, Freedom from Torture, The Passage, Migrants Organise.”

“Ukrainian families are registering with us and we are working to assess their requests and identify host families from our Room for Refugees database.  To be matched with someone you must be registered to host with Room for Refugees. We will match Ukrainians to volunteer hosts. Once matched, we will proceed to the visa application stage to try to quickly bring families through the Homes for Ukrainians route.  We will also provide a designated caseworker for support throughout the hosting process.”

  • Material donationsWe are no longer collecting items for the Ukraine Relief effort due to the difficulties with distribution and the delays in visa processing by the Home Office. 
  • Financial donations – Through UK Disasters Emergency Committee which will be matched by UK government funds (up to a certain level).  Link to DEC Ukraine Appeal

Please contact me if you could help.
Revd Len Abrams

“In as much as you did it for one of the least of these, you did it for me” Jesus – Matthew 25:40