A Polish community group in Spalding is seeking to establish a multicultural center in the town offering services including counseling to people fleeing war in Ukraine.
The White Eagle Community Center was created last October by Justyna Lukaszuk and her friends Grzegorz Komorowski and Monika Szymanska and has already organized several events in different places in the city.
Now he is working with counselors and groups to find a permanent base.
Justyna moved to Spalding four years ago and, as well as being a mother of three, teaches Polish and English, is studying for a degree in legal mediation and manages National Lottery funding to run sessions online therapies.
Justyna said the original idea behind the White Eagle Community Center was “to unite Poles”, but that it is “impossible to separate our Polish life from British life”.
“Many of us have found our home, our friends and our place on Earth here, including me and my husband Krzysztof,” she continued. “Spalding is our place for him. I don’t want to go anywhere or leave.
“Therefore, our club is supposed to work in two ways: connecting the Polish community, providing mental support and organizing various cultural meetings.
“But at the same time, I want the English to discover our culture and join us.
“It would be nice if we could create something cross-cultural.”
Justyna is currently seeking funding from sources to carry out projects through the White Eagle Community Center.
In addition to meetings, art exhibitions and workshops, they are working with the organization Sortified and South Holland District Council on the creation of a help center for those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
“The idea behind this is to create a center in Spalding where young children will be cared for, and mothers and adults can get mental support by taking a breather and drinking coffee.
“I know, again from my friends in Poland, that currently such centers are created in Poland. Psychologists and therapists attach great importance to the care of children and adults.
“Therefore, I hope that the South Holland district council will listen to me and help me create such a safe place.”
Through her holistic therapy businesses, Justyna, who is trained in counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has already offered free counseling sessions to war-affected Ukrainians, which she says five people followed online.