On his first night on the street Bogdan was found by our Street Outreach Team who encouraged him to visit our centre for a hot shower, fresh clothes and a warm meal. Bogdan was invited to stay overnight at Labre House, The Whitechapel Centre’s Overnight Rough Sleeper Hub.
Bogdan was worried he had lost his job as he had missed a few shifts during the week. Our Multi Lingual Resettlement worker, Anna, speaks Polish and was quickly able to contact Bogdan’s employer and explain the situation. Bogdan was a valued worker and his employer was so understanding he was given a week off to sort out his problems. Anna supported Bogdan to register with a GP and receive medication for his anxiety. She helped him join a Credit Union for his wages to be paid in to as he had been unable to open a UK bank account.
Bogdan’s mental health has improved and he is now back at work. He is still in temporary accommodation, but it is hoped that with support he can soon move to an affordable place to live. Anna has helped him update his CV and enrolled him on a fork-lift driving course and an ESOL course to improve his English.
Bogdan is grateful that he could talk over his problems in his own language and feels he has regained control over his situation. Anna will continue to support him through the whole resettlement process, offering guidance and advice along the way, to help him settle back into a permanent home of his own.
We are currently recruiting to our Multi Lingual Resettlement team – if you would like to help people like Bogdan find out more here: www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/current-vacancies