Barka UK is affiliated to Barka Foundation for Mutual Help, in Poland.
In 2006, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham along with Housing Justice UNLEASH and The Simon Community contacted the foundation with their concerns about rising numbers of homeless Eastern European migrants.
Barka UK was set up in June 2007 with the aim of supporting Central and Eastern (CEE) migrants in the UK.
Barka UK operates a free helpline 0800 171 2926 0900-1600 Monday – Wednesday which offers advice in Polish, Romanian, Russian and English.
The helpline gives advice on living in the UK, employment, labour market integration, social benefits, social insurance and legal problems. Barka UK also offers information on day centres and hostels, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups and other organisations supporting CEE migrants.
Barka UK’s voluntary reconnection programme also assists vulnerable CEE migrants who wish to return to their country of origin but don’t have the financial and other resources to integrate by themselves and Burka UK has helped 3000 people to do this since June 2007.
In September 2006 with its partners, Barka established a Polish British Mission for Employment. Soon after PBME was set up, other member states got in contact because their citizens were also facing the same problems finding employment and becoming homeless. This led to EuroMI (European Migrants Integration Network) in October 2006
For help and advice, to donate, volunteer, intern or take part in a study visit to Poland the Barka UK website is here BARKA UK