Poles in Need CIC

Poles in Need CIC

At a glance


  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Social care
  • Substance misuse
  • Training / employment support
  • Women

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


Our mission is to promote Polish community cohesion and integration within UK society by building bridges and strengthening relationships. The aim is to increase migrants (and others) knowledge and awareness of services available and to enable self-help to achieve a more fulfilling life. We hope to see these persons as full members of the community, who can use their qualifications and experience with confidence and passion and release their potential. Taking part in the community will also help to act against hate crime by encouraging mutual understanding and respect for cultural differences.

At the moment, Poles in Need CIC provides family support through a dedicated helpline open three days a week, via email and Facebook messenger. One to one consultations are also provided by our addiction therapist and family support worker. We are very passionate in connecting people and creating an opportunity for them to make new links with individual people as well as voluntary and statutory organisations. This is achieved that by our attendance at various forums and conferences, and by our organisation of community events.

As an organisation we have a unique reach into the Polish community in the UK. Historically, there is a great distrust of statutory services/professional in put amongst Polish people in the UK.  Our organisation is trusted by the community and approached by individuals seeking support. This means that we also provide information to other organisations with regard to the needs of the Polish community, and make them aware of the difficulties or barriers to communication and participation.


Since the initiation of our services in March 2015, we have worked on:

Domestic Violence:  over 5k persons recorded on Facebook and Polish portals and press during our Media Campaign; achieved training of 4 Domestic Violence Ambassadors by Refuge and Women’s Aid; provided around 10 informative workshops for victims regarding available support; organised and facilitated 2 events celebrating International Woman’s Day during which we held a panel discussion with professionals, specialising in supporting victims

Substance Misuse: organised 4 lectures with accredited Polish addiction specialists Bohdan Woronowicz and Ewa Woydyllo with over 400 attendees; 15 educational workshops helping those who suffer from addiction, their families and friends. Those who suffer from substance misuse were signposted to local Drug and Alcohol services, and 12 Steps Polish support groups. Individuals were also helped to overcome anxiety issues, and then use services they needed to start their recovery.

Familia Support Centre: since October 2016 we have responded to 750 ‘clients’(mainly parents) via email, Facebook messenger and by our help line; 110 cases were listed as needing more intense support due to risks of domestic violence, mental health problems or safeguarding children issues; we have created an online guide in Polish of resources and available services; in July 2017 we organised and facilitated a Safeguarding Children Conference (for 45 professionals and Polish community support workers led by British and Polish experts/trainers)


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