This week Aleks was able to undertake some crisis intervention work which allowed an unwell man to get immediate health care and re-unite him with his family. 60 year-old Jan (name changed to protect his identity) was found wandering in the city by the police. He did not speak English and couldn’t remember the last 3 days. He was brought to The Whitechapel Centre and was seen by Aleks. He explained that he didn’t know why he was in Liverpool. Aleks was able to contact his family in Poland who had reported him missing and feared the worst. Jan is a businessman in Poland and has no addictions or known problems.
Aleks then took Jan to hospital and stayed with him until 9pm, when he was admitted to a ward. Aleks interpreted for doctors and kept him calm. It appears that Jan had serious physical health issues which had caused him to act out of character and take a plane to the UK. These problems also caused his memory loss. Jan is now getting the treatment he needs and Aleks is staying in touch with his family to keep them updated on his progress. Jan is hoping to return to his family as soon as he is well enough to travel.
Aleks's wonderful work has not gone unnoticed. Last year she was awarded for her work in supporting the Polish Community in Merseyside by the Polish Consulate. We are very pleased to have her working with us.