our team

ilda stafa

founder and coordinator

Everything started through my personal experience - six years ago I moved to the UK in the Southend on Sea area. I cannot forget how hard everything was at the beginning. I had started a new life, in a new country. I was also pregnant and expecting my first child. In the first few months, I tried to reach any organization to find support to start a new life, just as every mother and newcomer has the right to when they move somewhere new.
I researched online, but all I found was a place in London. There was nothing in the town where I lived.

This is how Welcome to the UK came to life - a charity founded in Southend-on-Sea to help newcomers and something that I am very proud of today.

board of trustees


We could not succeed and organize such events without our amazing team of our volunteers Eleonora Karaj, Ermonela Daka, Monika Amortoaie, Saide Terzi, Trifon Todorov, Zuleyha Kidik and many more!