Use this area to offer a short preview of your email's content.
View this email in your browser

Vol 10 - December 2014

Central and Eastern European Migrants E-Bulletin

Welcome to the tenth Good Community Relations Project (GCRP) E-Bulletin). This E-Bulletin is produced and distributed quarterly. It provides information about GCRP work and shares information about current service needs of Central and Eastern European Migrant Communities. We are hoping that this bulletin can help us to build the platform for joint work where information and ideas can be shared. This eBulletin is free and everyone can become a member. If you would like to be added to our mailing list or are interested in joint work, please email:
The Good Community Project (GCRP) is funded by Scottish Government Equality Fund. The project aims to support and empower European migrant communities through advice and information services. In addition the project encourages migrants to take active part in civil life and to represent their communities to the outside world.

Our advice work is delivered in a form of a weekly drop in and telephone helpline. We can provide advice in Polish, Lithuanian and English. No appointments are necessary for drop in sessions.

The Rota of the Advice Surgeries:
  Telephone Helpline
0141 337 6626
Advice Surgery
(Drop In)
KASIA (Polish)


16.00 -18.00
WSREC Office*
JURATE (Lithuanian)

WSREC Office*

WSREC Office:
Napiershall Street Centre,
39 Napiershall Street,
G20 6EZ
(Office is located on the 1stFloor)
The project monitors client enquiries on a regular basis. We generated enquiries from the last 3 months (56 enquiries in total) to illustrate current trends in advice delivery. So far from April 2014 to December 2014 project Advice Workers responded to over 259 enquiries.
This month we spoke to Jurate Pieployte who provides advice to our Lithuanian clients:
The most important thing in my surgeries is to be knowledgeable, helpful and to create atmosphere of well being and trust. Below I would like to share a story about one of my regular clients.

"A female client has a very serious diagnosis – MS. She came to Scotland 4 years ago and was a very good worker who all of a sudden became unable to do anything effectively. She not only lost her capability to work, but sometimes she also was not even able to take care of herself and her young daughter.

During my consultations I witnessed changes to her health. She is a very brave and persistent woman who is trying hard not to give up. During advice surgeries I was able to help her to solve some of urgent financial matters as well as simple household issues. Some of them seemed to be so simple, but for her they were vital.

One of the most important issues for her was heating interruptions because of technical innovations in her house and dealing with unreliable tradesmen. In addition, there was ongoing correspondence with Job Centre Plus, and a lot of forms to fill, despite the fact that she is entitled to claim her benefits until the end of 2015.

I am happy that I am able to help to solve various problems for my client and other Lithuanians who are facing difficulties because of language barrier, life circumstances or health related problems."

In response to the needs of the Lithuanian community, GCRP produced an information clip about the pension system in the UK. The “Pension explained: EU Citizens pensions rights in the UK” clip was created thanks to partnership work with Maryhill & Possilpark Citizens Advice Bureau. Work on the clip was carried out by Media student Paul Donnelly and interpreter Ramute Lagunaviciute who kindly volunteered their time.

The clip is presented in Lithuanian and English Language and has proved to be popular with over 600 views generated so far.
Clip is available to watch on the YouTube 
On the 15th October 2014 “Pensions in the UK” Q&A Session was delivered to the Lithuanian community in Glasgow. Session was supplemented by “Pensions explained: EU Citizens pensions rights in the UK” information clip which was showed to the public for the very first time. 

Session was facilitated by Malcolm McConnell from Maryhill & Possilpark CAB and GCRP staff Ramute Lagunaviciute and Jurate Piepolyte. The session covered issues of basic state pension requirements, pension age, national insurance contributions, pensions for people from abroad, permanent residence, exporting UK pension and others. 

Interpreting assistance was provided by Ramute Lagunaviciute for those who needed it, as well as the crèche for the children.

After the session, buffet was served which also provided additional time for GCRP and Mayhill & Possilpark CAB representatives to engage with members of Lithuanian Community.

In this section GCRP project would like to thank Paul Donnelly who is a Media and Communications student at the Clyde College. Paul helped the project to create “Pensions explained: EU Citizens pensions rights in the UK”. His expertise in filming and editing was complimented by excellent teamwork. We are wishing Paul all the best for the future in the filming industry!
GCRP operates Facebook pages in Lithuanian and Polish languages. We aim to update our websites with useful information and links which can provide assistance to communities we support. In addition we advertise and promote community events and initiatives there.

 Our Facebook pages can be found below:

Lithuanian: GCRP Pagalbos Projektas Vakarų Škotijoje

If you are interested in our project work and would like to receive our bulletin and/or you provide services which might be beneficial for new migrant communities, please contact us on:

GCRP, Joanna Kieran
39 Napiershall Street
Glasgow, G20 6EZ
Phone: 0141 337 6626

Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved. Charity No. SC025038

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences