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UK - Butterflies LTD non profit organisation                REGISTERED AT UK Register of Learning Providers

Registration number of Learning Providers in the UK (UKPRN) is 10066595

The ''People Shelter" project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund ENDED 31 JANUARY 2021

We are pleased to announce that we have come to the end of our very successful project ''People Shelter"! We found this to be a very important and helpful project to the local community of Bradford. The interventions to socially excluded destitute EU Citizens from the hardest to reach Central and Eastern European communities, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, supported people who faced difficult challenges in their life, thus improving their emotional wellbeing. We are thankful to have been able to offer support to so many people over the course of the project.

Special Thank You to the partners of West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Good Shepard Centre, University of Bradford, HOP Housing, Salvation Army, Homeless Partnership, Staying Put Victims of Domestic Abuse, Adult Social Services, and Children’s Social Services for the referrals and hard work.

Our service was extremely unique as there have been no other services which are able to provide support to EU migrants in their native languages; this aided in the huge success of our project.

The aim of our project was to support 165 people in total. We exceed the number by 40% and have engaged with 230 people across BD3 area. A special thank you to Salvation Army from BD3, Simon, Amber, Dave who were supporting us all the way up and down with this project.

We offered a complex support for victims in their native language especially around mental health and impact of stress and anxiety with solutions during COVID and lockdown.

We supported people who faced challenges of their life by supporting them and teaching them how to improve their emotional wellbeing. We became the support point for people who can't speak English and we were able to offer them bespoke services. The ''People Shelter" project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund project supported people who don't have a recourse to a public fund (no income, benefits), people who were homeless, unemployed, addicted, deaf, suffering from depression, anxiety, undocumented, with no chance to go back to their home country. This was a very successful but in the same time emotionally difficult project for all of us.

Some people said:

  • ''You saved my life'',
  • '' I was starving for 3 days...because of the Christmas dinner I could finally eat a hot meal''
  • ''Your support helped me to sleep well''
  • ''I feel safe... finally''
  • ''I don't want to kill myself changed my life''
  • ''Your service is the best service in our district''
  • ''We can't thank you enough for your support''
  • ''Thank you for your kindness. You will never know how often the smallest gestures made the biggest difference''.
  • ''On weeks when all I could do was cry your support mattered''
  • ''I stopped having panic attacks which I had for last 20 years''. The PTSD offered in my native language saved me...
  • ''I could not afford to use a professional to support me will all my immigration matter for free''
  • ''We simply love you guys''

We managed to organise a face two face event and as frontline workers we were able to support the most vulnerable members of our community organising drop in sessions, clinics, support in partnership with the greatest services across BD3 district. Sadly, we still have waiting list of people who need us more than ever. Hope, we will secure additional funding soon. We will keep you posted!

Check our Christmas event out! 50 people fed! 50 food parcels distributed! Event funded

by The National Lottery Community Fund

Merry Christmas!

  • "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller
  • "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." – Michael Jordan
  • "Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." – Patrick Lencioni
  • "It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed." – Napolean Hill
  • "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." – Booker T. Washington
  • "None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." – Mother Teresa

Thank you Everyone for being with us!

UK Butterflies Team