Email address:

Phone number: 0759 653 84 82

Office address: 14 Foyle Street, Sunderland, SR1 1LE






Daniel Krzyszczak

0759 653 84 82
Michal Chantkowski

0759 653 84 82
Julia Wysocka

07942 583 833
Monika Panufnik
07726 500 191
Engagement and Operations ManagerDevelopment and Service ManagerCommunity Development Officer“Back in Control”
Senior Project Worker
I am Daniel. I came to the UK in 2005. I am involved in helping others from 2006 first as a trade union shop steward and a staff representative. I had the pleasure of working and studying for the Trade Union Congress as Academy Organiser. That was the time I had the opportunity to meet many charities, organisations from the sector. One organisation, the Sunderland Polish Community Organisation wanted to dissolve so my friends and I decided that it would be a good idea to take it over and form a new place for all the migrants. Now our charity is growing and we are able to help more people than ever. 

My name is Michal and I have been involved in ICOS since August 2009. I directly manage several projects, including Back in Control and Wise Steps, as well as lead on funding and partnership development, ensuring that ICOS can continue to support our clients and grow. I speak Slovak and can get by in Czech, so I often support those clients who speak Slovak or Czech but speak little English. I also represent ICOS on the board of trustees of the Sunderland Black and Minority Ethnic Network (I am currently a secretary) and I am a Local Action Group member of the Sunderland Community Led Local Development (CLLD), which distributes EU funding to local groups in Sunderland.  I am passionate about making a long-lasting positive impact on the lives of minority ethnic people in Sunderland and the North East. I was born in Poland and have lived in the North East of England since moving to the UK in 2006.

Hello, I’m Julia and I came from Poland to live in the UK in 2006 when I was only 9 years old. After graduating from Durham University in 2017, I started working for ICOS as an Outreach worker for the Healthy Steps Project and I became very passionate about supporting the BME community in Sunderland.
Since 2017, I was involved in many different projects at ICOS, my position is now of a Senior Project Worker and I am also a coach on the Wise Steps Programme.  My work mostly involves working with clients on one-to-one basis and supporting them with various problems and difficulties from employability, education, housing, welfare, health and wellbeing support to issues with domestic abuse, hate crime and discrimination.
I am very passionate about supporting and working with women, I currently run two women’s only projects at ICOS: Women’s Support Project and Positive Connections, we have women’s meetings on a regular basis and we engage in various fun and creative wellbeing activities.
Since arriving in the UK, I have been working as a full-time community interpreter, translator and an ESOL tutor aiding and supporting migrants and people with multiple language and social barriers. I interpreted for a programme featured on the BBC One Show which was aimed at migrants trying to find work and settle down in the UK.  As a project worker I manage the day-to-day activities of Back in Control Project, which seeks to empower former victims of modern slavery to regain control over their lives. I work with individuals, families and whole communities helping them to identify their needs, plan what they want to achieve and develop activities to boost their confidence. 

Karolina Serafin
0759 653 84 82
Aurea Neto
07726 574 435
Anna Bury-Dobrowolska
07743 763 364
Michaela Lenkendorferova
07396 673 214
Finance and Administration Assistant“Back in Control”
Project Worker
Trainee Project Worker: COVID19 Emergency SupportProject Worker/
Administration Assistant
Hello, my name is Karolina and I am from Poland. I have been volunteering at ICOS since I moved to the UK in 2014. I am a finance and administration assistant helping in financial functions but also with projects.I’m of Portuguese nationality and I work for ICOS under a project called Back in Control, my role is to help people who are currently experiencing any form of modern-day slavery.  In my role I aim to help individuals by serving as an advocate supporting the victim making the rights steps into a slavery-free lifestyle and also finding a new job or applying for benefits.
I’m very passionate and eager to help anyone and everyone that find themselves being a victim of modern slavery. The rest of the ICOS Team, including myself are constantly working towards an equal and diverse world, therefore we would be delighted to work with everyone regardless of their race or ethnicity group and level of English.
Hi, my name is Anna and I’m from Poland. I have joined the ICOS team as a volunteer at September 2020. From March 2021 I’m working at ICOS as Trainee Project Worker: COVID19 Emergency Support

Hi, my name is Michaela and I have joined the ICOS team as a Trainee Support Worker in October 2020. I am from the Czech republic, and I speak Czech and Slovak.


Rafal Marzec – Chair

Iga Borsut – Treasurer

Agnieszka Serafin

Anna Heyman

Edgaras Kozubovskji

Maciej Ejsmont

Miroslaw Warmuz

We would also like to thank our former trustees: Dominika Wolosz (former Secretary), Lidia Wilczynska (former Treasurer), Arnold Cieslak (former Board member / IT Officer), Teresa Oliver (former chairperson), Palina Joppek and Marius Sinkunas (former trustees).