The mission of Barka UK is to provide severely excluded Central and Eastern European (CEE) migrants with the opportunity for reconnection and social reintegration.
Barka UK was established in June 2007. It is affiliated to the Barka Foundation for Mutual Help, which for over twenty years has been working in Poland with excluded and vulnerable members of community. Among its many projects, Barka Poland has developed vocational schools for the unemployed, numerous social enterprises and a program of accessible housing and self-sufficient communities in the countryside.
In 2006 Barka Poland was contacted by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in association with Housing Justice UNLEASH and The Simon Community, due to their rising concern at growing problem of homelessness among Eastern European migrants.
In 2007 Bernadette Cassidy offered Barka the use of her house in London, which soon became the hub of the UK operations. Barka UK was established that year by two senior officials of Hammersmith and Fulham Council together with Mrs Cassidy and a group of Polish nationals.
Barka UK Reconnection Project is currently operating with great success in eight London boroughs (Westminster, Islington, Barnet, Haringey, Enfield, Camden, Redbridge, and Southwark) in partnership with Homelessness Transition Fund, North London Housing Partnership, Healthy Living Projects, Southwark Council, local outreach teams, day centres and CEE Consulates.
Barka UK’s Free Helpline for CEE migrants has been operating since October 2011. During this time it has been an essential source of advice and support, providing multiple platform of help.
Barka UK is committed to assisting homeless people in our community. Our mission is to empower severely excluded people to regain their independence and dignity by social integration. We also offer support for their personal development through education and entrepreneurship. Prevention services are in place to help people avoid homelessness. The aim is to improve health and well-being of destitute persons in our society, through education and improved community programs. We have developed a life-changing training programme that uses employment as the lever, and tackles some of the underlying issues behind people being unable to find and keep work.
186 CULFORD ROAD
Tel.: +44 7564 259 632
Tel.: +44 20 7275 7768
- Charity number in England and Wales: 1132108
- Company registration number: 06576958