Into the future

EU Welcome Into the Future

This year voluntary agencies in the City have been facing funding issues due to reduced grants, and the challenge of applying and receiving grants from charitable sources.  EU Welcome too has been affected and faced the possibility of having to cease operating.   EU Welcome not only provides a much needed service in the City, it is also highly respected among the voluntary and statutory bodies, as well as the City Council and others.  So  we are delighted to announce that we will be able to continue into 2018 and hopefully beyond!

Since its beginnings in 2004 EU W has been a project of the Southampton City Centre Catholic Parish.  They and the Portsmouth Catholic  Diocese have provided background support and guidance.  From January 2018 EU W will transfer to CLEAR http://www.clearproject.org.uk/ and its parent charity City Life Church.

CLEAR has a track record in fund raising and also in providing excellent advice services and learning possibilities to migrant communities in an informal people centred way.

The benefits of the change are as follows

  • CLEAR and EU W can now seek out funding opportunities together.
  • CLEAR already has in place the professional, secure record keeping facility which will be necessary for EU W to fulfil its part in the contract which Southampton Citizens Advice Bureau and a consortium of other advice organisations, has been given by Southampton City Council to provide information, advice and guidance
  • The structure, dynamism and experience of CLEAR should ensure that together we can meet the needs of all our clients whatever the future implications of Brexit

The transfer is a credit to both  Southampton City Centre Catholic Parish and City Life Church who have co-operated fully to make this happen

Adriana Conroy and Anna Krzywicka, the two part-time bilingual project workers for EU W will be continuing work as before.

In order to ensure the viability of this new venture and because finances  for EU W are very tight, Dave Adcock , the Project Manager since 2005 has taken redundancy but is committed to continue giving time as a volunteer to EU Welcome

Dave writes ‘What started as just a job for me, has become an important part of my life, and I could not just leave EU Welcome, our clients, volunteers and friends who have supported us.  I have always been part-time in the organisation and I will be continuing my other paid work projects, but I will give time to EU W at least for the next 12 months, and will still be available to spend time helping our clients through the challenges and opportunities that life gives us.  As the year goes on the organisational side will no longer be my responsibility, and I look forward to that, as it will free me to concentrate on what I love -; seeing people achieve their potential.’

There will no doubt be changes ahead in the ways EU Welcome works, but for now all contact details and our drop ins will continue as normal.

So after some concerns for the future of EU Welcome it’s looking like a Happy New Year

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