Just over 60% of Irish charities and community groups have provided support services to over 33,000 Ukrainian refugees in Ireland, according to a survey of 156 organisations carried out last month by The Wheel, the national association of charities.

The range of services include accommodation, clothing and food donations, information, access to education, translation services and support for children and young people.

Just over 75% of organisations providing services to Ukrainian refugees said additional services had impacted resources. A quarter reported a severe impact.

Just under 45% said the local support available to Ukrainian refugees in their communities was not sufficient.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development, Joe O'Brien TD have announced an additional €10.5 million in funding to assist the community response to support those arriving from Ukraine.

The Wheel called for a new consensus to build on the positive and collaborative relationship that developed between charities and State agencies during the Covid-19 crisis.

Speaking to representatives of over 400 charities gathered at its annual Summit, CEO Deirdre Garvey said there was a strong onus on the charity sector and State bodies and agencies to build on the contribution, commitment and flexibility that defined the collective response to the enormous challenges of the past two years.

"Over the next 12 months, the charity sector and State bodies should focus on agreeing on the exact parameters of a new consensus on how the State and charity sector will collaborate on key societal challenges," she said.