Project giving migrants in Spalding a say reaches Latvia

LATVIAN EYE: TV journalist Ilze Kalve interviews the Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett, about the new Community Connectors project for a programme to be aired on Latvian TV.
LATVIAN EYE: TV journalist Ilze Kalve interviews the Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett, about the new Community Connectors project for a programme to be aired on Latvian TV.
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A project giving people of eastern European backgrounds and living in Spalding a voice is to make headline news in Latvia.

St Mary and St Nicolas Church’s Community Connectors project, which will see Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian people asked about their lives in Spalding, was the subject of a report by Brighton-based reporter Ilze Kalve who works for Latvian Television (LTV).

The report, due to have been screened to Latvian TV viewers this week, included an interview about the project with the Rev John Bennett, Vicar of Spalding and leading the Community Connectors project.

Mr Bennett said: “There’s a lot of work to do to make everybody feel that this is their home and that they are just as important as anybody else.”

The Latvian TV report also focused on cultural differences between the UK and Latvia, as well as the views of Spalding residents since the EU referendum in June.

Mrs Kalve said: “It was my first visit to Spalding, a town that is quite famous in Latvia after the referendum.

t was my first visit to Spalding, a town that is quite famous in Latvia after the referendum

Brighton-based reporter for Latvian TV Ilze Kalve

“Spalding is very, very different from Brighton where there are a lot of students.

“But the main focus of my visit was the new Community Connectors project which is something Spalding needs.”

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