Daniel Krzyszczak
0759 653 84 82

Engagement and Operations Manager

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.

Michal Chantkowski
0759 653 84 82

Development and Service Manager

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.

Julia Wysocka
07942 583 833

Community Development Officer

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 Community Development Officer 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.

Agnieszka Cielecka
07563 357 064

Project Worker

My name is Agnieszka Cielecka. I joined ICOS in January 2022 as a Project Worker. I have been involved with ICOS as a volunteer since I came to the UK. With my new role, I am committed to supporting and empowering our clients by giving them the information and guidance they need. I am passionate about creating a positive impact, and I believe that bringing people together strengthens the community and improves our lives.

Anna Bury-Dobrowolska
07743 763 364

Project Worker

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.

Karolina Serafin
0759 653 84 82

Finance and 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.

Michaela Lenkendorferova
07396 673 214

Senior Project Worker

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.

Joanna Zaganczyk

Project Worker Eastern European Women 

Before I came to the UK, I was running some management projects in Polish companies and a lot of interesting social projects for women or charity. A year ago, in the middle of a pandemic, I came from Poland to Newcastle upon Tyne to meet the local community. Now you can meet me when I’m swimming in the sea in winter, hiking in the mountains and forests, doing yoga or… learning something new. I am also a fan of art crafts (crocheting is my favourite!) and I run a small apiary with my partner. I joined ICOS to help you even more effectively – with everyday problems, self development and exploring England. See you soon!

Katarzyna Cieslak

Digital Fundraiser

Hi! My name is Kasia, I am originally from Poland and I have lived in the North East since 2007.  I have been involved with ICOS as a volunteer since the very beginning, and I joined the team as a digital fundraiser in March 2022.
I have been running a business crafting and selling wall decorations for customers across the world since 2011. I have also been selling vintage and upcycled items for several years as I enjoy giving things a second life.
I love animals, nature and good books, I also try to inspire others with my passion for yoga and caring for other people and the environment.

Ewelina Gil

Trainee Projects Worker

My name is Ewelina. I am from Poland. I have lived in the UK since 2009. I joined the ICOS family in 2022 as a volunteer and presently I have been working on a Trainee Projects Worker position. My first steps in ICOS showed me that this is the place I want to be. In ICOS I am part of the Women’s Group Project and Newcastle Building Society: Employability Project. Both focus on individual needs, helping to improve people’s lives economically and mentally. With my new position I will help our clients resolve many personal problems such as domestic abuse, unemployment, lack of confidence, mental health, or isolation. Privately I am interested in meditation and psychology. I like fitness and spending time in the fresh air with my family.

Olena Davie

Trainee Project Worker – Ukraine Crisis

My name is Olena. I am a qualified interpreter with over 15 years of interpreting experience (Ukrainian and Russian languages). I provide linguistic services to a variety of public bodies: NHS, UK Home Office, Local Authorities, Police, Refugee Services, Mental Health, Ministry of Justice, solicitors and barristers. I am honoured to be a part of a fantastic team at ICOS, Sunderland. I hope my skills and my experience will benefit the organisation and those in need.


Rafal Marzec – Chair

Iga Borsut – Treasurer

Agnieszka Serafin

Anna Heyman

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, Marius Sinkunas, Maciej Ejsmont and Edgaras Kozubovskji.

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