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My name is Hanife, I am from Albania. I have two kids, a girl and a boy. I have been living in the UK for three years. At the beginning it was very difficult for me and my children, because we couldn’t speak English.


I came to know Ilda, who helped me for everything that I needed in this country such as, GP Appointments, school parent’s meetings, interpreting and lots more.


She also informed me about Welcome to the UK groups, which I gladly became part of.

In these groups, I got to know other ladies, from different backgrounds and cultures. We have become good friends.


Every time I attend these groups, I feel very good, it helps me with my English and it builds up my confidence.

I would like to thank Ilda and Welcome to the UK from the bottom of my heart, for their help and support.




My name is Jolita and I come from Lithuania.

I came to the UK 18 years ago, with my ex-husband and our baby boy son. It was very difficult for us because we didn’t have any friends and we didn’t know English.


When my son was ill, we met an English doctor who spoke Russian and she helped us a lot.

She found us a good GP, a college for myself and a nursery for my son. In the college I made some friends and met a lady from Lithuania.

Life went on and I got divorced. After some time, I met my partner and in few years’ time we had a beautiful baby girl.  Now she is 8 years old and my son is 20 years old.


About 2 years ago, on Facebook I saw an advert about Welcome to the UK and I was interested.

The first time I went to this group, I met Ilda and 3 Lithuanian ladies. Ilda was a very nice and a friendly lady. I also met some other ladies from different countries.

Now I have more friends and I am more aware of the activities happening within the group also in the town. I would like to say thank you to Welcome to the UK. 

My name is Noemi and I am from Romania. I’ve lived in the UK for nearly 3 years but the first year was very difficult for me.

I didn’t speak English, I didn’t have any friends, I just stayed at home and looked after my son. I was very upset and lonely.

Then I started an English course at SACC and my life changed completely. There I got to know about Welcome to the UK. When i attend the groups there I feel like I knew the other people for a long time. We understand each other because our situation is the same. It is a lovely and a friendly group.

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