HELP FOR FOREIGNERS

The team of the Łódź Multicultural Center
provides comprehensive services in the field of:

  • support in solving everyday difficulties consisting in contact with public institutions, including educational institutions, offices, social welfare, police, health service,
  • counseling in the process of legalization of stay,
  • help in finding a job and a flat,
  • interventions in situations of violence and discrimination,
  • specialist counseling, especially psychological and legal assistance,
  • interpreting for the current needs of clients, especially in contacts with public institutions,
  • learning Polish for adults and children,
  • information about the available aid, educational and cultural offer,
  • promotion of anti-discrimination activities.

People who would like to arrange an appointment in the Information Point for Foreigners, should prior contact us by phone or e-mail. 

Counseling in the Information Point for Foreigners is free of charge. We speak Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian.

ABOUT

Łódź Multicultural Center

Today, the inhabitants of Łódź are united not only by one city, but also by diversity. In Poland there is probably no person, who has not heard about the “multicultural of Łódź” or “dynamic changes taking place in the city”, especially in recent years. “Reports on the State of the City”, created by the City of Łódź Office, only reinforce that multicultural Łódź is not an element of the past, but a contemporary challenge.

According to this research, in 2018 and 2019, the number of people working in Łódź and coming from Ukraine exceeded 12% of the population. Calculations of the authors Gazeta Wyborcza article from April 21 this year, foreigners constitute “already one fifth of the population”. The fact that these data are not overstated is evidenced by the interest in this subject on the part of the City of Łódź Office, which, in order to meet the integration challenges, created the project of the Łódź Multicultural Center (ŁCW).

ŁCW is an initiative created as part of cooperation btween the Ocalenie Foundation and the OPUS Center, co-financed by the City of Łódź Office. The main idea is to show integration as a process between new and old residents of the city, in which aid tasks are equally important. ŁCW supporting foreigners in difficulties with legalizing their stay, contact with public institutions, health care, educational institutions, looking for job and flat, and activities that improve communication and integrate the environment of Łódź inhabitants.

In the Center you can take advantage of free advice of cultural assistants, lawyers and psychologists who speak foreign languages ​​(Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarussian).

ŁCW is located at Narutowicza street 8/10. It is also possible to get an advice by phone and/or e-mail. We work from Monday to Friday. The Center also offers language courses for adults and children as well as integrating workshops, city walks, anti-discrimination activities, meetings conducted by employees of the Ocalenie Foundation and the OPUS Center.

The main idea of ŁCW is to involve foreigners in the joint creation of a multicultural Łódź, where there is a place for everyone. Integration is understood here as a two-way process in which we encourage joint actions, drawing on the experience of both parties, developing new solutions to problems that build understanding for the local community. It would not be possible without the cooperation of institutions – their full involvement. and integration activities, workshops, city walks, anti-discrimination activities, meetings conducted by employees of the Ocalenie Foundation and the OPUS Center.

OUR TEAM

Agata Pendrak

Coordinator of Łódź Multicultural Center

I came to Łódź from Poznań, where I studied international relations with a specialization in Eastern Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University. During my doctoral studies, I was also interested in the issues of multicultural and antidiscrimination education, the problems of migration policy, escpecially, migration processes of Ukrainian women in Poland.

In my free time I like: baroque music, soups, clothing recycling and, especially recently, searching for a four-legged companion for city walks.

Sasha Yeromina

Intercultural Assistant in the Łódź Multicultural Center

I come from Ukraine, but during the six years of my stay in Łódź, this city has become my second small homeland. I am finishing my master’s degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Lodz. As a happy child and an empathetic adult, I promoted open, tolerant attitude among children, working as a teacher of intercultural education at the Palace of Youth, Julian Tuwim in Łódź. Now I am continuing my adventure with the topics of acceptance and openness to otherness in the Ocalenie Foundation.

The area of my interests outside of work is wide, but my heart is closest to electronic music, contemporary art and spiritual development. I organize a series of cultural events called Czary Mary, which combine these three things!

Veronica Kondakova

Intercultural Assistant in the Łódź Multicultural Center

I come from Belarus and have been living in Poland since 2017. I work as an Intercultural Assistant at the Lódź Multicultural Center. I love working with people, teaching, helping and looking for solutions to problems together.

My hobby is medieval reconstruction, in particular, the history of fashion in the 13th and 14th centuries. I like to sew various outfits. Moreover, from time to time, I have run medieval and renaissance dance courses.

CONTACT

Łódź Multicultural Center

address: Narutowicza street 8/10, 90-135 Łódź
phone: (42) 300-15-04
mail: cw@cw.lodz.pl
www: https://cw.lodz.pl/

Office opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday: 15.00 – 19.00
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8.00 – 12.00
and Saturdays: 29 I, 26 II, 26 III and 2 IV, 10.00 – 14.00

People who would like to arrange an appointment in the Information Point for Foreigners, should prior contact us by phone or e-mail. 

Counseling in the Information Point for Foreigners is free of charge. We speak Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian.