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.