Connect with a local
Across the country, there are people who are eager to help you feel at home in the UK. They are volunteers from churches who want to help people from Hong Kong to get settled.
Arriving in a foreign country has many challenges. The culture is different, the food is different, not to mention the differences in education, healthcare and other systems. And in the UK, these can be different depending on which part of the country you’re in. It can also be hard to know where to go to meet new friends and get to know people in your local community. This is even more true since the Covid-19 restrictions have been in place.
Getting to know a local person can make a huge difference. Someone who can tell you where the best shops are for what you need. Someone who can give you ideas for fun things to do with your family. Someone who can be a friend and introduce you to other people to get to know in the local area too.
There are hundreds of people who have volunteered through their local church to help you settle in. These volunteers can help you meet new people in your new home, as well as help with practical questions you may have, like registering with doctor or helping your children find a school.
They would love to meet you face to face when it is possible to do so. In the meantime they are happy to speak to you on the phone, on video call, or whatever is possible according to local Covid-19 regulations.
We hope this website is helpful to you as you settle into the UK. But there is no substitute for having someone from the UK make you feel welcome.