Eastern European Migrants Employment and Advice Centre
Mission: To provide advice, training and support to Eastern European Migrants with complex needs who are seeking work in the UK. 2009 sees the opening of the Social Economy Centre. The Social Economy Centre offers a service to those who wish to remain in the UK and do not wish to be reconnected to Poland with Barka. The target group would be those who require complex support with preparing, undertaking and maintaining employment. Through both individual appointments and group training sessions, the Social Economy Centre will provide employment advice, preparation and support including interpersonal and social skills training.
The Social Economy Centre will provide the following services:
Preparation for employment
Assisting individuals to gain employment
Applications to the Workers Registration Scheme
Obtaining National Insurance Numbers
Registering self employed workers
Arranging medical checks
Obtaining and transferring vocational qualifications
Employment Support Service
A six month program of support from the first day of employment (including telephone contact, special visits of CSE staff to the job sites, help in dealing with dishonest employers, etc.)
Personal Document Support
Obtaining new personal documents
Replacing lost or stolen personal documents
All applications for birth certificates and passports would be fast-tracked by the Polish Consulate in London .
Legal and Financial Advice
Polish legal advice (including child maintenance, bank loans, criminal charges)
Dealing with dishonest landlords and tenancy agreements
Advice around social and national insurance for migrants to the UK
Representing workers in official institutions
Opening bank accounts
Negotiating loan payments
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Support
Advice and support to those experiencing drug and alcohol addiction including referral to detox and rehabilitation in the UK.
We are currently exploring the possibility of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation project for Eastern European migrant workers in London.
CSE will run group sessions that will encompass language skills, personal assertiveness, employee legal rights, union rights, employee insurance, Health and safety training and tests and CSCS exams for employees in construction sector.
Aims of the London branch of the Social Economy Centre:
To help unemployed, potentially socially excluded people to rejoin the workforce through specialized motivational schemes that should help to break the vicious cycle of addiction and unemployment.
Teaching English language skills to enable clients to find and maintain employment.
Teaching skills that help the unemployed to assimilate in a new, foreign environment.
Providing comprehensive knowledge about legal regulations in the UK and emphasizing the need to protect the rights of the workers, to prevent exploitation by the employers.
Helping to psychologically boost migrants by providing seminars, teaching about taking control of oneâs life, reducing fear, raising the assertiveness and strengthening the notion of equality: that each worker deserves equal rights in UK labour market