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What other forms of social support/welfare should I know about? (Buddy systems, etc.) Who is eligible? How does someone apply?

Ukrainian citizens who are students at Polish universities have a right to apply for a social scholarship and for a student loan. You can also take advantage of free legal aid and free psychological assistance. Also, in many cities and villages, creative activities and workshops for children and youth from Ukraine are organized, so ask about it at the nearest Urzฤ…d Gminy, Urzฤ…d Miasta, school or community center.
The condition for receiving ZUS mceclip0.png benefits by a Ukrainian citizen is having a PESEL number mceclip0.png. This number may be necessary to obtain many other benefits as well as to set up a business.

Are there any social benefits I can claim such as child support?

Yes. You can receive 500 PLN monthly for every child you have below 18 by submitting an application to ZUS mceclip0.png. For second or next child within age gap 12-36 month you can receive additional PLN 500-1000 up to the age 3 years (Kapitaล‚ Rodzinny Opiekuล„czy). You can also receive additional 300 PLN for a school starter kit for each child up to the age of 20, if they are attending school. The application can be submitted to a bank or directly to the Social Insurance Institution mceclip0.png. This benefit is paid every year to parents of school-age children, which is to help prepare the child for school, that is, to buy textbooks and other necessary items.

Are there any social benefits for pregnant and nursing women?

You can receive 500 PLN monthly for child by submitting an application to ZUS . You can also receive childbirth allowance (becikowe) in the amount of PLN 1,000 (for that submit an application at the Urzฤ…d Miasta or Urzฤ…d Gminy). After the birth of a child, you can apply for parental benefit in the amount of PLN 1,000 every month. The application must be submitted within 3 months of the child's birth at ZUS mceclip0.png.

How can I meet and socialize with other Ukrainians in a similar position?
Are there specific social supports available to me if I am elderly?

You are entitled to a nursing allowance in the amount of PLN 135 if you are older age (over 75) to partially cover the expenses related to your care. Older people may also benefit from partial or full reimbursement of drugs. Also, if you have a guardian/carer (who is a family member), they may additionally apply for allowances and care benefits, i.e. nursing allowance (zasiล‚ek pielฤ™gnacyjny)- it amounts to PLN 215.84 per month, nursing benefit (ล›wiadczenie pielฤ™gnacyjne) - PLN 2,119 per month, special care allowance (specjalny zasiล‚ek opiekuล„czy) - it amounts to PLN 620 per month. More information on social support is here mceclip0.png.

Are there specific social supports available to me if I have a disability?

You are entitled to a nursing allowance in the amount of PLN 135 if you are unable to live independently due to disability to partially cover the expenses related to your care. If you have an assistant/carer (who is a family member), they may additionally apply for allowances and care benefits, i.e. nursing allowance (zasiล‚ek pielฤ™gnacyjny)- it amounts to PLN 215.84 per month, nursing benefit (ล›wiadczenie pielฤ™gnacyjne) - PLN 2,119 per month, special care allowance (specjalny zasiล‚ek opiekuล„czy) - it amounts to PLN 620 per month. More information on social support is here mceclip0.png.

Ukrainian migrants with disabilities who arrived in Poland after February 24 this year will be able to receive mceclip0.png financial assistance from the PCPM International Assistance Center. Online registration is already open.

Individuals must also meet the following criteria:

  1. left Ukraine and crossed the Polish border after the start of the full-scale war;
  2. have never participated in the programs of the Polish Center for International Assistance. If you received multipurpose assistance, work assistance, or other financial support from an organization, your application will not be considered. The initiative is designed for new members.
  3. have the opportunity to present documentation confirming the first or second group of disability. Supporting papers without an assigned group are required for a child.

Guardians and parents of a child with a disability can also register if they live in Poland. Guardianship must be documented.

After the application is approved, you will receive PLN 710 per person. The amount will be credited to the recipient's bank account. The duration of the program is six months. Payments will be made monthly during this period.

More information here mceclip0.png.

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