WELCOME to the UK, a support group run by the Family Action Children’s Centres, recently held a special celebration of International Women’s day.
The group, based in Southend on Sea, serves to offer support and friendship for parents who are new to the UK.
SRtRC Volunteer Magdalena Borowska regularly attends Welcome to the UK meetings and finds the support offered by the group to be very helpful. Magdalena and her young son received verbal abuse when they first moved to England from Poland, something she talks about to school children in Essex.
Welcome to the UK was set up by Ilda Stafa, a parent from Albania who arrived in the UK five years ago.
Ilda felt isolated and alone when she first arrived in the country, stemming from the language barrier and so joined the Family Action Children’s Centre with her two children.
After speaking to other parents from a range of countries at the centre, she set up the friendship group “Welcome to the UK”, not wanting anyone to feel as isolated as she did when she first arrived.
At their International Women’s Day celebration, Ilda asked women to bring their flag and their story with them to the day in recognition of the different backgrounds they have. For more information about how the action centre can help you and when their sessions are held visit family-action.org.uk
Article first appeared in Echo News