What is the POMOC Project?
A POMOC project has been set up in Ryedale to provide information, advice, guidance and signposting to members of the Eastern European community so they are able to navigate local services and fully engage with life in the area.
Through the employment of three part-time project workers and a team of volunteers with an understanding of Eastern European communities and language skills, the project aims to set up a number of drop-ins and contact points where people can receive free assistance in accessing services.
This assistance includes:
- Interpretation and translation
- Support in filling in documentation
- Signposting to relevant services including accompanying clients to meetings and appointments
- Acting as a first point of contact for individuals in crisis and a supporting presence through service journeys.
Project staff and volunteers will also conduct grassroots engagement with local Eastern European communities and will develop and deliver events and activities that bring them together with the wider Ryedale community. The project also serves to build the capacity of community groups and leaders to act as representatives and advocates for the Eastern European community.
Drop in Sessions
Drop in sessions take place at the offices of Ryedale District Council at Ryedale House, Old Malton Road on Monday mornings from 10am to 1pm.
A further session for the afternoon is hoped to be arranged in Norton – watch this space for further details.
News about the POMOC Project is shared on its Facebook page.