Play is the best way to help children recover from trauma. Help us give Ukrainian refugee children the gift of play today.
More than 3.7 million people – mostly women and children – have now fled their homes in Ukraine due to Russia’s unprovoked war. Most have sought refuge in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova and Romania and in the coming weeks, the UK expects to host up to 200,000 Ukrainian refugees.
UNICEF estimates more than 1.5 million children are among those who have fled abroad. These children have been ripped from their everyday lives. Families have been separated. Mothers and children continue to flee on foot and by rail. Let’s make no mistake, the trauma these children are experiencing will have lifelong consequences.
Play is a powerful yet simple way for trauma affected children to process their experiences, express their thoughts and feelings and reduce stress. Play Action International’s Ukraine Play Box Appeal, aims to give boxes of toys and play materials to as many of the estimated 90,000 Ukrainian children who are expected to arrive in the UK over the coming weeks as possible, as well as to Ukrainian children seeking refuge in Eastern Europe. By offering Ukraine’s children boxes of toys and play materials, together we can begin to give them a sense of their childhood back.
3 EASY WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
This appeal is a great and easy charity opportunity for schools to get involved in
The Ukraine Play Box Appeal aims to empower children in the UK to do something practical yet amazing to support children fleeing Ukraine. If you would like to get your pupils involved, visit our page for schools here to find out how!Find out more
FOR UKRAINIAN PARENTS
We have free resources for Ukrainian parents to use to help their children begin to recover from what they have experienced
If you have recently had to flee your home in Ukraine with your children as a result of the war, we can only begin to imagine what your family is going through. We hope that our Ukraine Play Box Appeal can bring some sense of normality back to your children’s lives. Please use the free resources on this page.Free Resources
MEGA TOY SALE
Give your old toys a new home by hosting a Mega Toy Sale in aid of the Ukraine Play Box Appeal!
By setting up a stall at a car boot sale, local fair, community centre, or at your school/ workplace, you can give your old toys a new home where they will be loved; spreading the message of the importance of play all whilst raising money for Ukrainian refugee children.Find out more