Help is being organized for people escaping from Ukraine to Poland from the war.


To help with local efforts, sending much needed supplies of goods for Ukrainian Refugees to Poland, we are working alongside a number of local businesses to open our doors as drop off points for donations. We are opening our UUP Centre in Kilkeel this week for Donations to this very worthy cause. (See opening hrs below) 🇺🇦💙💛

If you’d like support or donate please contact us. 👍🏻

Please feel free to drop any donations into the office on 14 Newcastle Street, Kilkeel or call me on 07742401128 and we will arrange to pass these on.

Remember there are numerous ways in which you can help. More drop off partners needed!

Below is a link to a list of practical ways to help the people of Ukraine and support anti-Putin resistance in Russia. 👇🏻👇🏻


🔹clothes, shoes, coats

🔹Thermal blankets, sleeping bags, sleeping mats (with foil insulation), mattresses

🔹Care products: body washes, toothpastes, toothbrushes, hair brushes

🔹Hygiene products: towels, tampons, panty liners, cotton wool, baby wipes

🔹Tinned and dry food especially protein bars,

🔹Bedsheets, bed covers, pillows,

🔹Disposables: plates, bowls, cutlery, cups

🔹Car seats for children’s transportation

🔹Baby formula, baby food (with long best before date)

🔹Toys (soft toys, playing blocks)

🔹Disposable gloves and face masks

🔹Sterile dressings

🔹First aid bands with dressings

🔹Corn removal plasters

🔹Bandages: regular and elastic

🔹Nappies for children and incontinence pads for adults (all sizes)

🔹Powerbanks, USB charging cables

🔹Battery operated flashlights


🔹Noise cancelling headphones and earplugs

🔹Pet Food for cats and dogs



🔹South Down UUP Advice Centre

14 Newcastle Street, Kilkeel, BT34 4AF

Opening Hours:

Monday-Wednesday 10am – 2pm

Thursday 3rd March 6pm – 9pm

Friday 4th March 10am – 2pm & 6pm – 9pm

Saturday 5th March 10am – 3pm


🔹Lavender Fields Stable

11 Ballyroney Road, Rathfriland, BT34 5NQ

Please contact Magda 07511245180 or Karolina 07860 276435 before dropping off.

🔹Sandra Baird Optometrist

22 Main Street, Rathfriland, BT34 5PS


🔹 Banbridge Town Hall – Wed 2nd March 7pm – 9pm (Alderman Glenn Barr & Ian Burns)

🔹Just Because Shoes , Bridge Street

🔹Deluxe Turkish Barbers, Bridge Street

🔹48 Chinauley Park


🔹Doug Beattie MC MLA UUP Constituency Office

103 Bridge Street, Portadown

🔹Be mine Photography by Anna

115-117 Bridge Street (above cut n dry)


🔹 Newry and Armagh Ulster Unionist Party Advice Centre

Main Street, Markethill – Please Contact Cllr David Taylor

Thank you! 🇺🇦🇬🇧💙💛

#HelpUkraine #Ukraine #UkraineCrisish

South Down Young Unionists Ulster Unionist Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Councillors Ulster Unionist Newry, Mourne & Down Councillors

Other Collection Points that you can drop things off at:

  1. Warehouse on Boucher Rd just behind M&S Contact number +44 7850 914508 Kinga Orkisz
  1. Warehouse in Mallusk, Hydepark Rd right behind MAGOWAN TIRES Contact number 07403 036255 Milosza StopCar Transport footer
  1. “Paraiso Tan” Solarium 407 Woodstock Rd from 12.00 to 8.00 contact number 02890732599

There will be an organized truck that will take everything to Poland even next week. So if someone would like to add to the transport, we also organize a collection to pay for the transport that goes at PayPal costs

Thank you!


‘This is where we should be at the moment – God has given us peace’: NI missionaries in Ukraine determined to help

NI missionaries Rhoda and Timothy Sloan who are based in Ukraine. Pic: Mossneuk Parish Church

NI missionaries Rhoda and Timothy Sloan who are based in Ukraine. Pic: Mossneuk Parish Church

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February 28 2022 09:22 AM

A married couple from Northern Ireland working as missionaries in Ukraine have said they are determined to stay to help during the Russian invasion.

Timothy and Rhoda Sloan have been based in the north western town of Lutsk since 2002.

The area had been among the first parts of the country to be attacked by Russian forces.

Speaking to the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster radio programme, (Go direct to the interview here)

Timothy said he had first heard a bomb going off after he left his apartment on Thursday morning.

Within half an hour as he drove to work he said around a further five bombs had exploded.

Rhoda said there was no doubt they would be staying, believing they were meant to be there to help. “We feel this is where we should be at the moment – God has given us peace,” she said. 

Their work typically involves feeding and hosting bible classes to around 80-100 children twice a day.

The town is close to the Polish border, and Timothy said many trying to flee had been left stuck in traffic for days.

He added: “We have been here from 2002, we don’t feel we’re doing anything extraordinary. We’re doing what God would want us to do and what would be a help for the people.

“Our doors are open from 9am to 9pm at the hall and we announced yesterday that we will serve free meals for the military.”

He described how territorial police have been on the lookout for Russian saboteurs in the town, with some seen putting markings on buildings to signpost them as a target. 

Last Thursday, they couple also spoke of their fears of what was to come in an email to the Church of Scotland congregation, Mossneuk Parish Church.

“This is quite possibly our last means of correspondence for some time. War is imminent and the consequences dreadful,” they said in the email.

“A state of emergency has been declared and this will be followed by martial law. Young Ukrainian men from 16 years of age are being called up to serve in the military and Ukrainians are being given the right to carry arms.

“A major cyberattack is happening just now as we write which has affected Ukrainian banks as well as government websites.

“Ukrainian citizens are being asked to urgently leave Russia and our local currency is in free fall.”

Voicing their determination to help, they said: “Rhoda and I are not leaving – how can we? As an elder in the Church, my responsibility is to shepherd at all times. It would be a terrible testimony to get up and leave the Lutsk believers.

“We have been preparing for this day.

“Rhoda and I have bought in generators, fuel, food etc as we would like to turn the Gospel Hall into a place of shelter to accommodate and feed the assembly believers who will face many a hardship. God is about to give us a great opportunity to show our Christian faith practically and reach out into our community with the Gospel.

“Rhoda and I may have to move out of our apartment as we are close to the Lutsk military airfield and on the 14th floor of our apartment block, we have the central headquarters of the SBO – the Ukrainian secret police.

“As we close, the military jets can be heard overhead and we covet your prayers!”

If you would like to help Timothy & Rhoda in people are providing financial support through a couple of options: through a trust- Truth &Tidings (based in NI) through which Timothy can access funds. Or through the Wise App (information on how to set this up available on request). A third and simpler option is through their daughter Esthers PayPal ( Esther sends money on to her parents as soon as it comes in.

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