A Polish Lady
A Polish lady reflects on what it was like to move to Gloucester in 2004 and to settle in the Barton area.
In the first clip, she explains that life was hard initially because of the “language barrier” but that friends and family who had already moved to Barton were a “big help” in overcoming such difficulties.
She goes on to talk about how finding a job and accommodation was crucial to establishing “normal living” again. The role that services, such as Gloucester City Homes, played in helping them to achieve this is also mentioned.
In later clips, she reflects on how the access to multicultural services in the Barton area contributes to a feeling of well being, the importance of living in a house with a garden, and the Polish shops where she can purchase ingredients for traditional Polish cooking.
The opportunity for her grandchildren to go to school in Gloucester and to learn and be part of both Polish and English culture is celebrated. Through her grandchildren and the education that they receive, she says, she too can learn and improve her English.