KISS! Keep It Simple Stupid!
Where’s your office? That’s a question a lot of people have asked us over the years, and our reply has always been that we do not have an office but meet in various places. Personally I’ve had some of my best chats with people in coffee shops!
One difficulty for people though, has been how to find us. So we are simplifying things from the start of March. From now on Mondays Adriana and Anna will be at the CLEAR office in James Street from 10am to 2.30pm and on Tuesdays (also 10am to 2.30pm) they will be at Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in King’s Park Road. Full details of both places are elsewhere on our newsletter and on our website.
Years ago when I came up with a complicated idea, a friend shook his head and said ‘Think KISS.’ I was intrigued. Then he told me that KISS stood for Keep It Simple Stupid! So we hope this new system will be helpful, and make life easier.
We can also now offer appointments at some of our sessions. To make an appointment, call Adriana 07917879259 or Anna 07928362088 and leave a message if necessary.
Our evening sessions will still take place monthly at Freemantle Community Centre, Polish Club (but nb not this month) and St Edmund’s Lodge. Full details on newsletter and website. So they are still a little complicated!!! Sometimes KISS is not possible!
Alive and Kicking!
I’ve had one or two people say to me in January ‘it’s a shame EU welcome had to close!’ Well the wonderful thing is that it hasn’t! They say that Mark Twain once said ‘the reports of my death have been exaggerated’ and EU Welcome is certainly functioning, and forming new partnerships within the city.
We will be working ever more closely with CLEAR who have a great track record supporting asylum seekers and refugees and we are part of a group of advice organisations working locally with Citizens Advice.
You can also read below of an exciting development with Southampton Womens Aid helping victims of domestic violence.
Adriana and Ania are still working the same hours with EU Welcome and Dave is now giving his time as a volunteer.
It’s nearly Spring, a time of new life, and we’re definitely alive and kicking and wanting to make Southampton an even better place for all. A recent draft report about the impact of immigration was quite negative about some places but then said:
‘In contrast, Polish migrants in Southampton were becoming integrated into the life of the city. Those who attended the citizens’ panel had social contact with an often economically successful Polish community as friends, fellow parents, neighbours and work colleagues. This citizens’ panel did have concerns about migration – largely around population pressures – but participants balanced these with descriptions of the positive impacts that migration had brought to Southampton. The Polish community was now seen as an integral part of city life in Southampton: “We are Poland number two,” said one of our participants, proudly.’
We know not everything is perfect, but that made us smile. By the way if you want to get to know the city even more you can find out about it’s history through some exciting new walks from Www.southamptontouristguides.com
Here is news in English and Polish of our partnership with Womens Aid:
SOUTHAMPTON WOMEN’S AID (WOLONTARIUSZ ORGANIZACJI POMOCY DLA KOBIET SOUTHAMPTON
- Working to support women, children and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse (pomoc kobietom, dzieciom oraz młodym osobom dotkniętym przemocą domową)
- Recognizing that you are being abused is an important and difficult step. Where you go from here is your decision. We are here to give you support and information to allow you to make choices to improve your life and help you to be safe. (Rozpoznanie, że jest się ofiarą przemocy jest ważnym i trudnym krokiem. Co z tym zrobisz jest wyłącznie twoją decyzją. Jesteśmy po to aby dać ci wsparcie oraz informacje których potrzebujesz aby pozwolić ci pojąc kroki do poprawy sytuacji oraz pomóc ci w bezpieczeństwie)
SOUTHAMPTON WOMEN’S AID ORGANIZACJA POMOCY DLA KOBIET SOUTHAMPTON – 02380 248116 Email email@example.com
- If you don’t feel comfortable speaking in English, you can send us a text in polish to 07436798268 or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org specifying a contact number and safe time to call you and a polish speaker would contact you as soon as possible. (Jeśli nie czujesz się komfortowo mówić po angielsku to możesz do nas wysłać sms w języku polskim na numer 07436798268 lub email email@example.com podając swój numer telefonu oraz godziny w których mamy do ciebie oddzwonić. Oddzwoimy do ciebie w języku polskim.
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/