Active Partnerships: Our collective response to the war in Ukraine

Active Partnerships: Our collective response to the war in Ukraine

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2022 09:45

Active Partnerships: Our collective response to the war in Ukraine

Last week, Active Partnerships from across the country came together to discuss how we can play our part in responding to the horrific crisis unfolding in Ukraine.

We fully recognise that the atrocities taking place in Ukraine are happening within the wider context of war and refugee plight right across the world. We stand not only with the people of Ukraine, but with all victims of war, and hope that together we can use the power of sport and physical activity to welcome, include and embrace all refugees.

Active Partnerships will

  • support the efforts of the Disasters Emergency Committee and invite partners and sports networks in our communities to get behind their appeal, raising vitally needed funds where they are needed most.
  • · build on existing work in our respective areas listening to the needs of local refugee organisations.
  • use sport and physical activity to help incoming refugees feel welcome, settled and included in our communities.
  • share our collective learnings and best practice, so that we can build on what's already working well.
  • work closely with Sport England and other national partners on future work with refugees.

How our partners and sports networks can help:

  • If you are able to donate, please give what you can to the DEC Appeal and encourage your networks to do the same.
  • If you are a sports network or run community events e.g. Parkrun and would like to fundraise collectively for Ukraine, please get in touch and we can explore together how this could work and how we can support.
  • We can all play our part in creating welcoming, inclusive communities for refugees. The Refugee Council are a good source of information on the issues as well as giving guidance on how you can help. The City of Sanctuary also provide some practical ways that you can support the people of Ukraine.

These are incredibly sad, challenging times, but by working together as a national network we can and will make a difference. Sport and physical activity can help to unite communities, create solidarity, and rebuild happy and safe lives. Over the next few months, this will be needed more than ever before.

Tags: Active Lives, Active Partnerships

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    CPSU
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    EDF
    Somerset CCG
  • SAPHTO
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
    Lifeline
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK