Last night, we were thrilled to host the European Movement’s first virtual Euro Cafe! The event was a great success, with dozens of people logging on to hear from representatives of European Movement UK, Settled, and the Eastern European Forum.
Please find below some of the key details from the event.
European Movement UK
We heard from Hugo Mann, CEO of European Movement UK, who talked briefly about the history of European Movement, our time as part of the People's Vote Campaign, and about our plans for the future.
Euro Cafe Initiative
We heard from Hazel, one of our amazing activists who started the Euro Cafe initiative.
Euro Cafe is a grassroots initiative set up to provide a space for both EU27 nationals and pro-Europeans to find support, information, and chat. There have been dozens of Cafes in communities across the UK, organised by local grassroots groups. If you would like to get involved and set up one in your local community, visit www.eurocafe.uk or e-mail [email protected].
Settled are a charity that is dedicated to reaching out to EU27 nationals who are at risk of losing permission to reside in the UK due to Brexit. They are accredited to provide advice about the application for settled status, and have a network of volunteers, and accredited advisors, across the country.
You can find out more information about Settled on www.settled.org.uk, and can contact them on [email protected]
Eastern European Forum
Finally, we were also joined by Nishan of the Eastern European Forum, which brings together several different initiatives aimed at supporting the Eastern European community. He spoke briefly about the need to engage with hard to reach demographics within society. Currently, the Eastern European Forum is continuing with initiatives including voter registration, engaging with hard to reach communities such as the Roma community, letting people know what their rights are.
We are looking forward to working with the Eastern European Forum on several exciting projects, including a Festival celebrating all Europeans as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
Following the success of this call we aim to host other virtual Euro Cafes in other regions, alongside other virtual events in lieu of physical events while we cannot meet in person during the lockdown.
- Scott Daniells
Events Manager, European Movement UK