When Cyryl first time came to the Social Economy Centre, he had been in London for two weeks. Previously Cyryl worked in the Netherlands for 8 months (legal work in a warehouse).
Currently he lives in 639 Hostel in London which he pays for. He was desperate to find a permanent job. Cyryl has no learnt profession (he just completed a high school in Poland), but has some practical experience in working in IT business from Poland.
He has a four-year-old daughter who lives in Poland with her mother; he keeps in touch with her. He sent some remittances to his family in Poland when he has a paid job. However he has no maintenanceobligation towards his daughter. Cyryl has a good command of English. Cyryl is not interested to apply for any kind of benefits in the UK. He came here to work.
Cyryl has also a very good relationship with his parents. His mother sent him some money so he could pay for the hostel. His parents are taking care of Cyryl’s daughter from time to time. They also support her financially. The wife is somewhat neglecting towards their little daughter . Cyryl would like to bring the daughter to London once his situation becomes more stable over here.
Cyryl said that the decision to come to London had been made quite spontaneously. However he does not regret it despite difficulties he has been going through. Cyryl hasn’t got any close relatives here, but he doesn’t feel lonely because he “met some friendly people and we support each other” – he said.
SEC staff spoke to Cyryl about options for courses/ vocational training he was interested to undertake which SEC was happy to pay for. He decided to enrol to forklift course and we organized this for him.
Firstly we helped Cyryl to modify his CV. We assisted him with searching for job offers online, registering in different job websites and make phone calls to employers.
Cyrylgot a job at Subway. His role was to distribute promotional leaflets. The job was on a part time bases – 20h a week, 5 days from 12:00 – 16:00. In the meantime Cyryl was coming to the SEC to find another job to earn enough money to live and to pay for the hostel.
He passed a test for fork lift operators and got the license.
SEC booked him a hostel for another 9 days. Cyryl took a loan from SEC. He agreed that once he is paid his first salary he would repay half of it.
Cyryl attended another interview for work as forklift driver: Wealmoor, Jetha House, Unit 5, Auriol Drive, Greenford Park, Greenford, UB6 0TP. He successfully begun his new job which is a full-time position.
Cyryl completed the skills upgrade course and got a full-time job. Cyryl is able to support himself financially.
We still keep in a close touch with him and provide support when needed.