We have lent our support to families affected by the conflict in Ukraine with a £100,000 donation to the British Red Cross. The grant will support the Red Cross in its work with people seeking safety in the UK who have lost contact with loved ones.
After being torn apart by conflict, finding each other can be incredibly hard and many may not know whether their children, partners or parents are alive, let alone where they are. Even when family members are found, the legal process to reunite can be long and complicated, and physically reuniting them is often unaffordable. Thanks to the British Red Cross, they can be safely brought together in the UK.
The British Red Cross International Family Tracing team helps to find missing relatives, with experienced caseworkers, supported by interpreters, finding out how people were separated and where they could be. Those looking for loved ones can also upload a photo of themselves on the Trace the Face website in the hope that their missing family recognise them. If found, they will be able to speak to each other by phone.
The Red Cross can also help families with visa applications and arrange face-to-face reunions with relatives in the UK. Dedicated caseworkers support refugees both practically and emotionally during this long process, helping them deal with the trauma of separation, and supporting them to access accommodation and financial support to maintain their wellbeing. Red Cross teams can also help pay for flights to the UK, for those that cannot afford it.