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Help for Ukraine

How you can help support the people of Ukraine

Homes for Ukraine - Host information session

An online information session for Ukraine Hosts is being held on Tuesday 31 August from 6pm to 7pm.

Led by Alison White, Director of the West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, it aims to cover supports are available for your guests once their time with you comes to an end.

Any specific questions that you would like to be covered in this session should be emailed in advance to (opens new window)by Tuesday 30 August at 12 noon.

We will not be able to discuss individual cases at this session due to data protection.

To register, please visit Ukraine Host online information session registration (opens new window)

Support for people of Ukraine

The Scottish Government has set up a website about how to give your support. 

Register as a host

Accessible through the UK Government's online portal, a distinct route to accommodation, support and care in Scotland - the Warm Scots Welcome - is now available to people displaced by the invasion of Ukraine.

Acting as a 'super sponsor', the Scottish Government's route removes the need for applicants to be matched to a named individual before they are cleared to travel to the UK through the visa system.

A welcome guide for Ukrainians

The UK Government has published a welcome guide for people arriving from Ukraine with information on what to expect in the first few days and how to settle in with your sponsor family.

How hosts can support their Ukrainian guests

The Gov.UK website has FAQs and advice for hosts.

How to enrol children in schools

Information about schools and education and enrolling a child in a West Lothian school can be found at the following links:

Getting medical support 

Help with communicating

The council's website can be translated into written or spoken Ukrainian by using the headphones icon on the bottom left hand side of every page.

Google Translate can help with translating basic conversation into written or spoken Ukrainian.

Further council help and support

If you still need help:

Below is a list of community appeals that West Lothian Council is aware of and are happy to share. Many are collections and some have deadlines.

GOCC Edinburgh

GOCC Edinburgh are accepting donations for Ukraine, a list of what is currently accepted, and the collection points, are on their Facebook page. They also need volunteers to help out at the warehouse.

Sunflower Scotland Humanitarian Fund

An Edinburgh couple are collecting non-perishable food stuffs; tins, packets of dried pasta, rice and flour. They also sourcing toiletries including nappies, sanitary products, soaps and shampoos, washing powder, and other cleansing agents as well as toilet rolls.

Linlithgow Refugee Action Group 

We are coordinating across Linlithgow to 

  • Help refugees get to Linlithgow
  • Help refugees who are in Linlithgow
  • Support host families
  • Provide a way for Linlithgow's people and organisations to give real and powerful help in this terrible situation.

We have a Facebook page to share requests and already legal people, translators and individuals have volunteered expertise and practical help. Those who are applying through the Homes for Ukraine scheme are giving each other tips about the process. 

We are collating a list of available rooms and properties which are immediately available in Linlithgow as people contact us with their details. 

For more information email

Centrepoint Church Bathgate

Centrepoint Church Bathgate have opened a Ukraine Relief Fund

Linlithgow Academy

Linlithgow Academy have launched a Go Fund Me page for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Wee Winchburgh Café

The Wee Winchburgh Café have a list of things they are collecting such as brand new socks, paracetamol, antiseptic and toothpaste

Baby Box Appeal

There is a baby box appeal with collections by people in West Lothian

Andrea's Animals Uphall

Andrea's Animals are collecting pet related items and are collecting donations from Riverside Vets in Livingston

West Lothian Updates

West Lothian Updates are available at UK Aid for Ukraine Facebook (opens new window)

Other Information

If anyone wants to add to this list of appeals, please email:

Guidance for those providing accommodation under the Scottish Super Sponsor Scheme/Homes for Ukraine schemes
Community Connections is a new service which aims to provide face-to-face assistance to West Lothian residents.
This Scottish Government guidance explains what options and support are available to you when you have sponsored guests for 6 months.