Youf Gang supports Ukrainian refugees

8th March 2022

Children and young people involved with the Shaftesbury Youf Gang in Newport have been praised for their efforts raising money and collecting donations for victims of the war in Ukraine.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent Jeff Cuthbert said: “The images and stories emerging from across Ukraine of this barbaric assault on a democratic state have shocked the world. The monstrous behaviour of the Russian armed forces, under the direction of Putin, has been beyond belief. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who have already lost their lives in this senseless war.

“Now is a time for unity, not division. The UK Government is currently looking to widen access into the UK for Ukrainian refugees and I am confident that, as always, Wales will open its arms to those in need.

“This support is evident locally, and I want to thank everyone connected with Shaftesbury Youf Gang for its humanitarian response to Putin’s callous aggression. Shocked by what they have seen and heard, the young people have organised a raffle to support refugees who have been forced to flee their homes and country. They have also been busy collecting essential items, such as toiletries and nappies, that will be delivered to those who need them.

“The young people involved in organising these collections and fundraising are a credit to their community and a shining example to others who want to make a difference for good.”

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The Disasters Emergency Committee charities and local partners are in Ukraine and neighbouring countries providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance. For more information, go to