About us

EU Welcome is a project of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/ UK Registered Charity 246871

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?

To stay in existence EU Welcome has to find funding from various sources We receive, at present, some support from Southampton City Council but to make up the shortfall we apply to other grant making trusts. This is a time-consuming process and sometimes ends in disappointment as many organisations are chasing funding at this time.

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.
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 powstalo w 2004 roku jako wspolna inicjatywa wydzialu “Nowych Spolecznosci” Urzedu Miasta Southampton i miejskiej parafii Kosciola Katolickiego.

Celem Projektu bylo wspieranie pracownikow / emigrantow z nowoprzyjetych krajow Unii Europejskiej, pomoc w integracji w miescie i udzielanie rzetelnych informacji

 

Dave Adcock zostal mianowany koordynatorem / managerem projektu w lipcu 2005 roku, a Anna Marcickiewicz zostala oficjalnie zatrudniowa w styczniu 2007 roku, po przepracowaniu roku jako wolontariusz. We wrzesniu 2009 zostala zastapiona nowym pracownikiem – Aneta Sochan.

 

Od 2010r., Dave’owi towarzysza: Anna Krzywicka, Adriana Conroy (obydwie pracujace na pol etatu.)

 

 

For better integration of the new EU communities in Southampton, including arrivals from Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia & Hungary