We’ve started a drop-in and English class for Ukrainians. Second session this avo. Part of the intro was the ‘My name is Mick and I’m from Wigan’ round robin. They came from Mariupol, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Kiev. Bit of a wow experience, found it hard to keep in focus to be honest. Just sharing.
Ta. Interestingly, there’s more Ukrainians in Leigh than Wigan, and guess it must be the mining legacy (used to be a Ukrainian centre in Leigh, lots came over to work in the pits after the war). So we’ll start something in Leigh as well.
It was a bit overwhelming. I’m used to working with people from war zones etc but this seemed different, more poignant, possibly because they’ve only been here about a week (most asylum seekers I work with left their country well before they arrived in Wigan) and you could see their worry and concern etc when they got chatting with each other.
Just dropped a couple of donated and revamped laptops to two young girls. Rotary group sorted us 20+ laptops and IT firm did the rest for free. Lots of good people out there.
> It was a bit overwhelming. I’m used to working with people from war zones etc but this seemed different, more poignant,
Possibly because its war involving our next door neighbour, a war in se run down African or Middle East Country is one thing but a war in the developed western world hits home. I will check when I get back to work but I think there are half a dozen tablets in the safe that we used as pdf libraries for the lads on site. If they are still there and you can use them I will get them in the post to you.