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December 2017

Christmas is coming.  The Goose is Getting Fat!

That’s the first line of an old English Christmas song.  I guess it reminds us that Christmas takes preparation, and I’m sure many of us have made our plans already as to what we’re doing this festive season. It’s a special and wonderful time for many people, but can also be a difficult time for others.  In the song I’ve quoted, I’m not sure whether the goose will have a happy time!!!

There are changes happening at EU Welcome. We’ll tell you more about them next month.  Through a contract with Southampton City Council our sevices should be able to continue well past Brexit, but we’ll need to work in a different way. We’ll give you more news on that next month when we will make things CLEAR! 

In the meantime most of our normal services and drop ins will continue throughout December (see below) and on the website CONTACT US page for details, BUT NOTE WE WILL NOT BE WORKING ON 25, 26 AND 27 DECEMBER.

On Saturday 2 December and every first Saturday of the month our Bulgarian volunteer Dessy will be offering support to people wanting to develop their career prospects. You can meet with her and Dave Adcock at Costa Coffee upstairs in the Marlands Mall.   She can help in English and Bulgarian.  Here are full details in Bulgarian http://www.euwelcome.org.uk/languages/bulgarian/

Happy Christmas!

November 2017

Look After Yourself!

EU Welcome is there to help people help themselves!  To survive in a foreign country you need amazing determination. It’s never easy!

One of our highlights last month was our workshop about mental health.  Fifteen people gathered to discuss this subject, and one conclusion was that we all need to take steps to look after our mental health from simple things like eating properly, having enough sleep and talking to others when we’re under pressure.  We also discussed what services are available.  We hope to do more.  Let us know if you’re interested.

Another way of looking after ourselves is not allowing ourselves to be exploited by others. Once again do share problems. EU welcome is here to help. Check out how to find us on the ‘contact us’ page on the website.   If you believe you’re a victim of crime because of your nationality, religion, disability or sexual orientation, have a look at the top left of our home page.
Finally on Saturday 4 November and every first Saturday of the month our Bulgarian volunteer Dessy will be offering support to people wanting to develop their career prospects. You can meet with her at Costa Coffee upstairs in the Marlands Mall.   She can help in English and Bulgarian.  Here are full details in Bulgarian http://www.euwelcome.org.uk/languages/bulgarian/

We’re here for you!

October 2017

Oktoberfest. October Vest. October Opportunities!

The month of October is famous in some countries for its wine and beer festivals that the Germans call Oktoberfest. This year there will even be one in Southampton http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/events/oktoberfest-southampton-15016
However as the days get colder and the nights get longer it’s also time to wrap up warmly and to maybe put on your October vest!  (English sense of humour!)
At EU Welcome though we see it as a time to grasp new opportunities, and we want to inspire you with different possibilties along with our normal work.
Firstly on Saturday 7 October and every first Saturday of the month our Bulgarian volunteer Dessy will be offering support to people wanting to develop their career prospects. You can meet with her and Dave Adcock at Starbuck’s at the entrance to the Marlands Mall.   They can help in English and Bulgarian.  Here are full details in Bulgarian http://www.euwelcome.org.uk/languages/bulgarian/
Then on Monday 9 October at 7.00pm we are looking at mental health issues with a workshop in Polish. Full details here. https://www.facebook.com/events/125147311465388/permalink/125147324798720/?notif_t=like&notif_id=1503910957337660  If you’d like this on another occasion in English or another language, let us know.
Finally this month On 19 October we’re hosting a writers’ seminar in English.  Full details here https://www.facebook.com/events/321779451618069/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2223%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D
EU Welcome was thrilled in September to receive a police Certificate of Congratulations. For our partnership work and for helping a victim of crime and her family!
We’re here for you!