UKRAINE EMERGENCY RESPONSE FOR CHURCHES

Churches are at the front line of the emergency response.  Here’s what they can do to ensure refugees are cared for and protected from human traffickers.

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SOCIAL MEDIA SHAREABLES

Tips for Churches | European Freedom Network

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EFN has created social media sets that churches can share to get best practice on trauma informed care to churches and individuals that are serving refugees.  Tips include:

  • Top 5 Tips for Churches Working at Borders
  • Top 5 Tips For People Who Are Transporting Refugees
  • Top 5 Tips For Co-ordinating Transport for Refugees
  • Top Tips For People Who Are Accommodating Refugees
  • How Women and Children Can Stay Safe from Sexual Violence During the Crisis
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PRINTABLE BROCHURES

Warning Tips for Refugees | European Freedom Network

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This brochure warns refugees about how traffickers might approach them and give them tips on how to stay safe.

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RECOMMENDED TRAUMA RESOURCES

WEBINAR RECORDING:  

TRAUMA: Establishing Safety – Trauma training for churches & individuals working with refugees from Ukraine.

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People who have experienced trauma need physical and emotional safety as a first step to healing. Join us to hear from experts who will discuss what trauma is and how to create safety for the people you serve – and for yourself. This webinar is an ideal starting point for churches and individuals who are working with refugees from Ukraine.

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WEBINAR RECORDING:  

Respite in the Storm: Secondary Trauma and Self-Care: Ukraine Crisis

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The needs are enormous, and our resources are not. How can we find rest for our bodies and refreshment for our souls as we serve people in crisis? How do we keep caring when it gets hard? How do we equip ourselves and our volunteers to serve well for the long term? Aimed at church leaders, volunteers and anyone involved in caring for people in crisis, this webinar will provide practical ways to find respite in the storm.

Hungarian, German, Polish and Romanian versions coming soon.

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Beyond Disaster Guide & Small Group Guide | SIM International

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Spiritual first aid helps people recognize common spiritual and emotional reactions to disasters. Like physical first aid, it is intended to start an ongoing process of care. This guide can point people to skills and resources that will aid in recovery. It uses principles and exercises adapted from the program model of the Trauma Healing Institute.

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EFN Trauma Matrix

This guide lists trauma resources according to age group and phase of the crisis (immediate, medium-term, long term).  It is suitable for non-professionals working to help people with trauma.  All of these resources have been vetted by a professional team and are recommended for use.

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EFN Safety Plan

Self care is important when responding to the Ukraine Crisis.  As carers, we need to develop our own safety plan and have it on hand for when we need it.  Download this card to create your own personal plan.

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