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!

Financially EU Welcome needs to look for funding.  We are £20K short for the coming year!  Every little helps! http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?uniqueVmgCharityUrl=EUWelcome


EU Welcome staff contacts
Remember we are all part time.  So leave a message and please be patient
Dave dave@euwelcome.org 07786 392886,
Anna ania@euwelcome.org 07928 362088
Adriana  adriana@euwelcome.org 07917 879259
Remember you can also contact our volunteers;
Russian speakers
Spanish spanish@euwelcome.org
Bulgarian dessy@euwelcome.org
You can mail us in any language info@euwelcome.org and with the help of our volunteers, we will get back to you
EU Welcome is proud to be part of http://www.advicesouthampton.org.uk/
Click on our website www.euwelcome.org
We also update information on Twitter @EUWELCOME and for regular information become our friend on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/dave.adcock1 (this is updated most days but contains non EU W posts) or https://www.facebook.com/groups/50151597856/ for just basic news from EU Welcome


Remember if you have young children come to our Play Group Kids Planeta https://www.facebook.com/Kids-Planeta-515733565273455/?fref=ts  


EU Welcome……….How to find us!  
We do not work from ONE office, but offer our services from different places throughout Southampton

Mondays 9.30am to 10.30amTwo Saints Day Centre, Cranbury Ave, SO14 0LT for homelessness issues

Mondays 11.30am to 2.30pm CLEAR. James Street Centre
2 James Street SO14 1PJ

Tuesdays 10am to 2.30pm   Southampton Citizens Advice 3 Kings Park Road SO15 2AT

Tuesdays 10am to 12 Noon.  EU Welcome Play Group (Kids Planeta), St Boniface Church Hall , Shirley High Street so153jd, a chance for  parents and pre-school children to meet together.

Wednesdays 9.30am to 11.30am  we work with Southampton Advice and Representation Centre  (SARC) in Woolston to offer specialist help regarding benefits and employment issues.  Appointments essential.  Call 07917 879259

We also offer 3 evening sessions per month for general issues

1st Thursday  of the month 6pm to 7pm Freemantle Community Centre Randolph Street Southampton SO15 3HF 7 December (4 January)

2nd Wednesday of the month 7.00pm to 8.00pm The Polish Club 507 Portswood Road so172th.13 December (10 January)

3rd or 4th Friday of the month 6.00pm to 7.00pm St Edmund’s Lodge, The Avenue SO17 1XJ     Not in December (19 January is our next date)

For other times and opportunities to meet contact;

Dave dave@euwelcome.org 07786 392886,
Anna ania@euwelcome.org 07928 362088
Adriana adriana@euwelcome.org 07917 879259

Hate Crime.  Don’t Suffer in Silence

We are pleased to announce that we have been asked to become a Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime.  This means when things go wrong, we can help.
Hate crimes and hate incidents are offences and incidents that target a person’s race/nationality; ethnicity; disability; sexual orientation; faith/religion or gender identity. They are motivated by hostility or prejudice and can have a devastating impact on victims, their family, friends and or the community.
If you are subject to anything like this, you can, of course contact the police directly, or you can report it in this way by clicking on
You can give as much or as little detail as you wish and can remain anonymous if you want.  Alternatively contact us at EU Welcome and we will be delighted to help you in any way we can.

UK Test and IELTS Life Skills Exam

SAY OK ACADEMY  has made available a free set of tests supplementing a new online training program preparing for the Life in the UK Test and IELTS Life Skills exam. You can register without the need to buy the course. There are many benefits when you register. You can take notes, you get access to a detailed analysis of your progress together with emails with test results. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity to become part of an online community of students allowing you to learn from one another and to get help and support from qualified teachers who are available on the website.

Link to the tests: https://onlinecourses.sayok.co.uk/courses/complete-set-of-practice-tests-for-the-life-in-the-uk/

We would like to encourage you to check your level of English with these three tests in grammar, listening and reading. When you complete the tests, you will receive a CEFR certificate which confirms your knowledge of English. You can print your certificate, include it on your CV and add to your professional profiles, such as LinkedIn.

You can do it here: https://onlinecourses.sayok.co.uk/courses/english-placement-tests

SAY OK ACADEMY was established in Southampton 2009 has been successfully teaching English since. In addition, we now offer a range of online courses and live online lessons with qualified teachers.
SAY OK ACADEMY udostępniła darmowy zestaw testów wspomagający nowy internetowy kurs przygotowujący do Life in the UK Test oraz IELTS Life Skills. Mogą Państwo zarejestrować się bez konieczności wykupienia kursu. Korzyści wynikające z rejestracji to możliwość zapisywania notatek oraz dostęp do szczegółowej analizy postępów i maile z wynikami testu. Dodatkowo jest to doskonała możliwość by wymienić się doświadczeniami z grupa studentów i skorzystać z pomocy i wsparcia wykwalifikowanych nauczycieli dostępnych na stronie.
 Link do testów: https://onlinecourses.sayok.co.uk/courses/complete-set-of-practice-tests-for-the-life-in-the-uk/
 Dodatkowo zachęcamy Państwa do sprawdzenia poziomu znajomości języka w zestawie trzech testów: gramatyka, czytanie oraz słuchanie. Po rozwiązaniu testów otrzymają Państwo certyfikat i potwierdzenie znajomości języka odpowiadające europejskiej klasyfikacji poziomów CEFR. Certyfikat możecie wydrukować, dodawać do CV jako potwierdzenie poziomu języka oraz umieszczać na profesjonalnych profilach na przykład na LinkedIn.
 Warto! Link znajdziecie tutaj: https://onlinecourses.sayok.co.uk/courses/english-placement-tests/
 Szkoła SAY OK działa w Southampton od 2009 pomagając rodakom skutecznie opanować język angielski. Teraz również prowadzimy kursy internetowe, zarówno do samodzielnej nauki oraz z nauczycielami.

Southampton City Council Nationality Checking Service when applying for British Citizenship.
If someone wishes to book an appointment, they can either telephone: 02380915327, leave a contact message on the website, or email registrars@southampton.gov.uk   They are very busy with the checking service so it may take a while before someone gets back to them.  They also offer a new  service, which is a passport checking service. This  is only available to people at the time of applying to be a British Citizen.  Here is the latest Home Office statement https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know

A Guide to TV Licensing

We are working with TV Licensing to remind members that you need to be covered by a valid TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel. This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder. You also need a TV Licence if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.

If you do any of the above without a valid Licence, you may risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs. You will also still have to buy a TV Licence if you need one.

A TV Licence costs £170 a year, or £49.50 for a black and white Licence. You can pay it all in one go, or spread the cost weekly, monthly or quarterly.

There are also concessions available if you’re over 75 or registered blind or severely sight-impaired, so get in touch to see if you are eligible.

For more information, including how to buy a Licence, visit http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs or call 0300 790 6112.

EU Welcome www.euwelcome.org is a project of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/


UK Registered Charity 246871


You can contact EU Welcome by post at this address;
St. Edmund’s Lodge
The Avenue, Southampton , SO17 1XJ Tel 02380 333589.

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