Migrant support centre
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Warszawa
Voivodeship (headquarters):
mazowieckie
Dates:
31-08-2022 - 31-08-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
75 000 EUR
Funding:
75 000 EUR
Outreach:
nationwide
Types of activities:
counselling, psychological support
Target groups:
migrants

The project is intended primarily for migrants from Ukraine, to prevent them being excluded in terms of information, the community, and occupation, by providing them with information and counselling, psychological aid, and training. We adopted this approach based on many years of working to help Ukrainians, and because they are the largest migrant group. There are an estimated 1.5 m Ukrainians in Poland, holding documents confirming the right to reside in Poland (according to Office for Foreigners – July 2020). In addition, Ukrainians come to Poland on visas and under the visa waiver system.
This is a group at risk of social exclusion because they do not know the laws in force in Poland, and do not speak Polish well enough. For this reason, our activities will be performed using Ukrainian, and also Russian, English, and Polish where necessary.
Under the project, we will operate a bricks-and-mortar consultation center in Warsaw, and a nationwide helpline for migrants, on which Ukrainian women who themselves have experienced migration will give advice on legalization of stay and employment, and the rights and obligations connected with functioning in Poland. They will provide advice on how to deal with various types of crisis, and help with filling in applications and compiling documentation.
We also envisage 15 open meetings to provide information on the most common issues raised via the helpline and the consultation center, and two series of training sessions for migrant community leaders (10 people) who wish to become cultural mentors and help people to deal with the authorities and provide them with support when they face hardship.
We will also provide psychological aid by running one-on-one psychological counselling (180 hours) and weekly meetings of the mutual support club Friends (Przyjaciele) (40 meetings).

Approximately 850 people will be helped in the program.

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