There are an estimated 6,000 Romanians living in Peterborough and the community is increasingly coming together to support its members and to take part in the life of the city. Pre-covid, with the support of KingsGate Community Church, they used to meet every month.
On Saturday (July 31), more than 80 people including children enjoyed a community event with a bouncy castle and outdoor games, supported by Peterborough City Council and KingsGate.
Goodie bags were given out to all, including health education materials provided by Healthy You, a health education programme in Peterborough. Healthy You employs health trainers with a particular focus on Eastern Europeans in the city.
The event gave people from the Romanian community the opportunity to address questions about the healthy lifestyle services Healthy You has to offer and enrol with one of the services.
The Romanian community has recently founded a group called Peterborough Romanian Community (PRC) with the aim of representing and supporting Romanians in Peterborough and wider Cambridgeshire.
Some of its objectives are to establish after-school clubs for Romanian children, to offer English and Romanian classes and to support the community with raising employability.
Carmel Ciurdas, one of the committee members of Peterborough Romanian Community and founder of Serile Romanesti (which means Romanian Evenings, an evening church group at KingsGate), said: “It was such a pleasure to see people again face to face and to be able to announce some of the plans we have for the future as a community group.
"We love Peterborough and we want to bring our positive contribution to our beautiful city.”