Central & Eastern European 
Migrants E-Bulletin

June 2015 - Volume 12
Welcome to the E-Bulletin of the
Good Community Relations Project (GCRP).

This is a quarterly E-Bulletin which provides information about upcoming training,
capacity building and community development opportunities for Central and Eastern European migrant communities in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

This E-Bulletin is FREE and everyone can become a member!

If you are interested in learning about development and training opportunities for yourself and your community and would like to find out more, please email Joanna Kieran at

The Good Community Relations Project (GCRP) is funded by the Scottish Government Equality Fund. The project aims to support and empower European migrant communities through advice and information services.

This project encourages migrants to take an active role in civil life and to represent their communities in mainstream society.

GCRP Advice and Information Services

Telephone Helpline and Weekly Drop-In
The GCRP Advice Service is delivered through a weekly drop-in surgery and telephone helpline. We can provide information and advice in Polish, Lithuanian and English.

There are no appointments necessary for drop-in sessions.

Please call our Telephone Helpline at: 0141 337 6626

Our Telephone Helpline and Drop-In services are available at the following times:
Polish/Polski (with Kasia)

Lithuanian/Lietuvos (with Jurate)
Telephone: Tuesday, 12:00-14:00
Drop-In: Tuesday, 16:00-18:00

Telephone: Wednesday, 12:00-14:00
Drop-In: Wednesday, 15:00-17:00
Where To Find Us

All of our regular drop-in, information and advice sessions take place at WSREC offices. You can find WSREC offices at:
First Floor
Napiershall Street Centre
39 Napiershall Street
G20 6EZ
"We see an inclusive society free from discrimination"
Monthly Immigration Surgery

WSREC will be offering a FREE monthly immigration surgery that will run on the second Thursday of EVERY month. 

The next surgery is on Thursday 9 July 2015.

This free immigration surgery, sponsored by Five Star (International) Ltd, gives you the chance to talk one-to-one with a specialist immigration solicitor about your immigration issues.

Five Star (International) is a firm of specialist immigration solicitors based in Glasgow, with experienced Caseworkers who specialise in immigration applications and related issues.

Monthly immigration surgeries will take place at WSREC offices

Please remember that consultations are available by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Please call 0141 337 6626 to book your free appointment.
Money Advice Surgery
A free money advice surgery is now being held at WSREC offices every Friday from 9am to 1pm.

Feel free to drop in and chat for us for free and confidential advice on the following areas:

  • Housing
  • Council Tax
  • Jobseekers
  • Disability
  • And any other area that is causing you concern.
For more information, call us
at 0141 337 6626 or email

Free Home Energy Advice

Every Friday 2pm - 4pm at Napiershall Street Centre

Our free impartial service will save you money and energy by:

You may qualify for £140 towards your winter fuel bills as a part of Warm Home Discount.
  • Giving advice on using energy more efficiently.
  • Helping you understand bills, different tariffs and dealing with your energy supplier.
  • Help with applying for grants and discounts.
  • Free Home Energy visits.
For more information, please contact Ola Pawluk at
0141 337 6626 or email
Develop skills and work opportunities with MEETS

On 29 May 2015, WSREC launched a new three-year employment and training project supporting people from minority ethnic communities to enhance their prospects within the world of work.

If you are looking for work or thinking about training to develop your skills, MEETS (Minority Ethnic Employment & Training Support) provides service users with FREE support tailored to your needs, including:
  • Advice on creating a CV
  • Support in applying for jobs
  • Access to vacancies and training courses
  • Access to work experience and Modern Apprenticeships
  • Helping develop your confidence and improving your self-esteem.
WSREC is working with a wide-range of partners to support unemployed individuals from a minority ethnic background through free in-house training, work placements at partner organizations and advisory services.
To contact the MEETS team and book an appointment with an
Employment Advisor, call 0141 337 6626 or email

Let's Cook, Grow and Sew Together

"Let's Cook, Grow and Sew Together" project staff speak English, Polish and Russian, but we can offer gardening advice in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Romanian,
French, Catonese and Mandarin.
Napiershall Street Community Garden

Every Tuesday 1pm - 3pm, Napiershall Street Community Centre

Do you miss the taste of organic, home-grown vegetables? Whether you have your own garden or not, you can grow your own vegetables!

Come join our weekly gardening sessions:
  • Learn how to grow your own vegetables in a city environment.
  • Take seedlings and seeds home to start your own garden.
  • Get advice specific to your own garden and receive a free gardening starter pack.
  • Volunteers welcome.
  • Take vegetables home after every session.
Furniture Refurbishing Course

Thursdays 10:30am - 1:30pm
20 August - 1 October 2015, Govanhill Baths

Would you like to learn how to fix your furniture and give it a new look? Join our seven week course and learn the basics of furniture refurbishing!
  • Introduction to upcycling and environmental impact of waste
  • Working with tools and paint
  • Furniture repair
  • Decorative techniques including decoupage, stencilling, shabby chic
Sewing Group
Join our volunteer-ran sewing group for an afternoon of sewing and repairing clothes!
  • We provide sewing machines, thread and needles.
  • Free to join, just bring your own project!
Please call ahead to find out when our next meeting is!
For more information about the "Let's Cook, Grow and Sew Together" project, please contact Ola Pawluk at 0141 337 6626 or at
Do you know of any events, activities, information or community groups that would be of interest to Central and Eastern European migrants?

Are you or your organization involved in any activities or events that you would like promoted through our E-Bulletin?

Let us know!

Please get in touch with Joanna Kieran at
or by calling 0141 337 6626
GCRP Enquiries Report: April-June 2015

We collect data from weekly GCRP Advice Surgeries on enquiries from
Central and Eastern European migrant communities
The project monitors client enquiries on a regular basis. We generated enquires from the last 3 months (61 enquiries in total ) to illustrate current trends in advice delivery. In addition we would like to use this bulletin to present chosen case studies.
Case Study
Recently, a GCRP Advice Worker assisted a Polish female who came to our office with her recent payslips asking for some clarification. The payslips featured a temporary tax code, as a result of which the client ended up paying too much tax on to her wages. Finally, one of her payslips showed a one-off deduction for a significant amount of money which the client did not understand. She was not able to enquire about the deduction in the payroll department due to the language barrier and, despite having asked her supervisor, she received no explanation.

The advice worker called the HMRC and the client’s tax code was changed into the correct one. The client was told that any previous overpayments in tax were to be repaid and added to the client’s subsequent wages.

The Advice Worker then contacted the payroll department in the client’s workplace with regards to the one-off deduction and was advised that the client must have received an advance cash payment which was then taken off of her wages. The client denied that and the advice worker emailed the payroll department explaining the situation in detail. A few days later, the advice worker received an email from the payroll department apologizing to the client, admitting mistake on their part and advising that the client would be reimbursed.        
Fundraising and Community Development
Start Your Own Community Group: Part 1

Are you interested in setting up and running your own community organization? GCRP's four-step guide is here to help you through every stage of the process!

Part 1: Starting up and holding your first meeting
Your starting point will be when a group of individuals come together and agree on common aims – sports, activism, socialising and so on – and want to progress these to become more formal and structured. Whatever the reason for starting the group, you need people who want to become its members. 

You may already know some people who share your enthusiasm and want to participate, but it is a good idea to publicise a meeting within a community you want to engage with. Try speaking to your local Voluntary Action or CVS agency, who can support you with advice, guidance and training.

Try to fit your meeting around the needs of the audience, try to offer refreshments and use leaflets, posters, local newspaper advert, community websites and radio and word of mouth to advertise the meeting. Make sure to include the time, date, location and subject of the meeting!

To facilitate a meeting successfully you will need to think about preparing an agenda; this will keep the meeting on track and help to focus on important things that need to be discussed. A good agenda may include: welcomes, introductions, group aims, a name for the group, an Action Plan on what needs to be done next, and the date, time and venue of the next meeting.

At the initial meeting you and all interested people will have to discuss and decide what main aims for the group should be.  These aims have to reflect what the group wants to do as well as demonstrate the purpose of the group. In addition you might think about the long term future of the group and include areas for further development. These aims are the most important part of your group so you have to agree before they the group becomes active. 

Remember: if your group plans to apply for any funding, the funder will award you resources only for activities helping to achieve these aims.

Sometimes, it is not possible to come to an agreement on everything at the first meeting; it may take more than one meeting before everyone comes to an agreement!

The person responsible for leading the meeting and sticking to the agenda is called the Chair. In most cases, the person that called the meeting will be the chair. If you are not comfortable in that role, try to find someone with more experience to help you with chairing.

Everything discussed at the meeting should be recorded in writing – this record is called a minute. Minutes are an important record of what was decided and what has to be done, and everyone there should be given a copy after the meeting. Remember to gather people names and addresses so you can send minutes to them!
Make sure to read the next issue of the
CEE Migrants E-Bulletin for “Part 2: Constitution and Committee”!

To find out more information on creating your own community organization, contact Joanna Kieran at to receive your free Start Your Own Community Group toolkit,
or visit 
Funding Opportunities for Community Groups
European Youth Foundation
Funding Opportunity

The European Youth Foundation is offering funding opportunities to projects and organizations that support the positive development of children and young people.

The organization supports a range of pilot programmes, for which funding applications can be submitted at any time. In 2015, there will be a particular focus on projects or activities relating to the following themes: Strengthening Civil Society (with a particular focus on Ukraine); Fighting Extremism and Hate Speech Online, and the Participation of Refugees and Young Migrants in Society.

There is no fixed deadline for pilot project applications, but applications should be submitted at least three months before the project begins.
RBS Skills and
Opportunities Fund

In September 2015, your local community group will have the opportunity to apply for up to £35,000 in funding from the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund.

Grants are available to charities, social enterprises and community groups based in the United Kingdom that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills or opportunities they need to help themselves.

The RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund is seeking to support projects that will leave a lasting legacy for the community and deliver a measurable impact on employability and enterprise in Scotland.
If you wish to learn if your community group is eligible for funding from RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund and wish to apply, find out more information at

If you wish to learn  if your community group is eligible for funding from the EYF and wish to apply, find out more information at:
For more information about fundraising opportunities,

remember to regularly visit
Learn About Fundraising, Develop Your Community

The Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) is presenting “Nuts and Bolts Fundraising”, a series of courses to help you with every aspect of fundraising and what you need to know about raising funds for your community organization.

The remaining available sessions are:

  • Community Fundraising - Monday 6 July 2015
  • Corporate Fundraising - Monday 13 July 2015 
  • Fundraising Events - Monday 27 July 2015
  • Funding Applications - Monday 3 August 2015
  • Individual Giving - Monday 10 August 2015
  • Building Your Case for Support - Monday 17 August 2015
  • Fundraising Volunteers - Monday 24 August 2015
  • Fundraising in a Digital World - Monday 31 August 2015
Each session costs £40, and lasts from 2pm – 4pm. All sessions take place at:
The Albany
Learning and Development Centre
44 Ashley Street
G3 6DS
GCVS is happy to accept bookings for courses until the last minute. Make sure to regularly check the GCVS website as courses may be cancelled due to lack of interest.

For more information, visit or email 
Personal Development
ESOL and English Language Development Opportunities
Literacy and Numeracy learning with Glasgow Life

There are literacy and numeracy classes available for communities at a range of locations around Glasgow, provided by Glasgow Life.

These free classes offer you the chance to develop your skills, abilities and confidence in small, friendly and informal groups at your local library or community centre. Learning is based around what service users want to learn, using everyday materials and resources.

Glasgow Life's Literacy and Numeracy learning opportunities are divided between it's three city branches. To find out where the nearest available Literacy and Numeracy lessons are in your area, please contact your regional office at:

North East Communities: 0141 276 1785
North West Communities: 0141 276 1525
South Communities: 0141 276 1330
English Language Classes at Glasgow Women’s Library

Glasgow Women’s Library offers a great opportunity for individuals to develop their English language skills through English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes.

There are two classes available; a Beginners’ class takes place on a Wednesday from 10am – 12pm, and a Pre-Intermediate class on a Tuesday and Thursday at the same time.

These classes give learners the chance to improve their general English abilities, including speaking, listening, reading and writing in a friendly, informal and lively group.

Both classes run during college term time (August – June). If you wish to join ESOL classes, please head along to Glasgow Women’s Library at 9:45am on a Tuesday or Thursday morning, when a tutor can assess the most suitable learning level for your needs.
You can find out more information on literacy and numeracy learning, or other learning opportunities provided by Glasgow Life, at

Glasgow Women's Library is located at:

23 Landressy Street
G40 1BP

For more information on projects offered by Glasgow Women's Library, contact GWL by phone at 0141 550 2267 or by email at
PATH Housing Employability Training Opportunities
Black and minority ethnic individuals can take advantage of PATH (Scotland)’s FREE Employability Training scheme for those interested in employment housing and related sectors.

These are Positive Action Training sessions designed to redress the under-representation of black and minority ethnic communities in the housing sector.

They will provide you with an opportunity for individuals to develop their knowledge and skills in searching for vacancies, creating strong applications for vacancies and succeeding at interviews.

You will learn how to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and competence to employers.

All sessions will be held at PATH (Scotland)’s offices at 29 Park Circus, Glasgow.

Download an application form here

If you wish to be kept up-to-date with other traineeship opportunities in the future, find out how to register for future opportunities by emailing
Intimate Migrations looking for research participants
Intimate Migrations, an organization of lesbian, gay and bisexual migrants in Scotland, are looking for members of the community to become interview participants.

If you identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, are 18 or over, are originally from Central and Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union and now live in Scotland, Intimate Migrations would like to hear your story.

Intimate Migrations would like to interview you on your experiences as a lesbian, gay or bisexual person in your own country and in Scotland, your motivations for migrating, the important people in your life, your social network and where “home” is for you.

Interviews will be arranged at a time and location convenient to you, and interviews will remain strictly confidential.

Intimate Migrations want to give you an opportunity to tell your story and give a voice to an invisible group of migrants in Scotland. This research will make a meaningful difference in informing and shaping the work of Scotland’s voluntary and public sector bodies.

If you are seeking more information or are interested in getting involved, contact Intimate Migrations in English, Polish or Russian at 
Stay In Touch and Stay Informed
GCRP CEE Migrants operates Facebook pages in Polish and Lithuanian languages.

We aim to use our social media presence to provide the Central and Eastern European communities with useful links, information, advice and information on upcoming events, activities and opportunities, including community-organized events and initiatives.
If you want to stay informed about the work carried out by GCRP and useful events, activities and opportunities in your community, why not join our mailing list?

Please contact Joanna Kieran at:
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