About us

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EU Welcome is run in association with the CLEAR project and its parent charity City Life Church (charity number 1100602; company number 4913171)

WHAT DO WE DO?

EU Welcome exists to provide help and support to migrants in the Southampton area from EU and other European countries.

We seek to empower our clients to overcome the challenges of living in a foreign country, by promoting the learning of English and the understanding of British culture.

We are prepared to try to offer help in any area of life, and much of our work involves signposting to other agencies and ensuring that those agencies understand the needs of EU clients.

We work flexibly and are generally contacted through telephone or internet but we also hold regular ‘drop in’ advice sessions throughout the city.

We are particularly keen to help people who have housing difficulties and who face possible homelessness, and we work closely with agencies that work with ‘street homeless’ people. We also support victims of domestic violence helping them to access available services.

We help people access employment that reflects their qualifications, training and passions.

We wish to ensure that all clients understand their rights in the UK, and can play their part to make Southampton an even better place in which to live and work.

WHO WE HELP?

We assist the Polish, Czech, Slovak, Estonian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Latvian, as well as Romanian, Bulgarian and Russian speaking communities.

HOW ARE WE FUNDED?

EU Welcome receives some funding from Southampton City Council as part of the AiG consortium of advice providers in the city. We also apply to grant-making trusts for additional funding.

We want to ensure that all our services remain free to our clients and we are happy to receive voluntary donations from clients. You can support us by clicking here.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY…

EU Welcome began in 2004 as a joint initiative between Southampton City Council’s New Communities Team and the City Centre Catholic Parish of Southampton. The aim was to give support to migrant workers from the new countries of the European Union, to aid integration and to provide good quality information e wish to ensure that all clients understand their rights in the UK, and can play their part to make Southampton an even better place in which to live and work.

 Dave Adcock was appointed a project worker in July 2005, and Anna McCann (Marcickiewicz) began officially working for the project in January 2007 after serving as a volunteer for the previous year. In September 2009 she was replaced by Aneta Sochan.
  
From 2010, Ania Krzywicka and Adriana Conroy are both employed part-time to work with Polish speaking people. Some of their work involves supporting those who find themselves homeless, and victims of domestic violence, but they are also available to offer advice and signposting to anyone who contacts them.
  
We run several daytime ‘drop in’ advice sessions each week in different locations, as well as evening sessions 3 times per month. Ania and Adriana also spend 2 mornings per week at a day centre for homeless people supporting Eastern European clients who attend there.
  
We work closely with Southampton City Council, Hampshire Constabulary and other statutory and voluntary organisations.


"EU Welcome is to help our clients help themselves. We want to see EU migrants functioning as a well-integrated part of Southampton society."


EU Welcome provides information and support for arrivals in Southampton from the newer EU countries including Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia. We are able to offer help, advice and support for those speaking Polish, Latvian, Russian, Lithuanian & Hungarian.

Contact Us

Ania Krzywicka
  • Monday and Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • 07928 362 088
  • ania@euwelcome.org
Adriana Conroy
  • Monday to Wednesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • 07917 879 259
  • adriana@euwelcome.org
Drop-in:
  • Mondays : 10:00AM - 12:00PM & 12:30PM - 02:30PM
  • CLEAR, James Street Centre, 2 James Street SO14 1PJ
  • Tuesdays : 10:00AM - 12:00PM & 12:30PM - 02:30PM
  • Citizens Advice, 3 Kings Park Road SO15 2AT
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