We are a team of young people who have been living in London for more than eight years. Most of us dedicate our time to help people who require a helping hand to make London or the UK their happy and legal home.
It all started when I, Marco, moved to London from Italy in 2012.
I had many questions – finding a place to stay and work, daily life in general, and applying for vital documents – probably like you now.
To find answers, I had to look in many places, and I didn’t always understand what people were telling me.
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Over the years, I realised that there were many foreigners in the same situation across the UK.
The more expertise and information I gathered about authorities, rules and customs, the more I was able to solve the small and big issues for other foreigners in need.
Our first project started in January 2018 as a Facebook-based community.
The group was called NIN Free Service, and we advised people on how to get their National Insurance Number sorted so they could study or work in the UK.
There was plenty of demand, and the idea of a helping network grew and developed.
And people needed help with more than just the NIN like accommodation, work, education, health and state benefits and getting settled in a foreign country.
Many people feel out of place when they arrive and need somebody that listens to them and understands their worries and concerns.
You can, of course, get all the information on government websites but they don’t speak your language – literally and figuratively.
Once the Facebook group became a successful helping and sharing forum, the idea to expand it to other topics began to grow organically.
What if there was a place for foreigners with all the essential information provided by people that have gone through the same experience as you?
This excellent idea resulted in our website for you.
What started as a bit of advice in our spare time evolved into a fulltime job of helping, supporting and encouraging other foreigners throughout their journey in the UK.
The many happy people we helped through difficult times are living proof that you can get integrated into British life.
Who would have thought that you can find me most Sundays in a traditional pub enjoying a very British roast beef?