A NEW welcome pack" for Polish migrant workers arriving in Devon has been produced to help them make the most of their time in the county. The pack covers a wide range of information on useful subjects such as housing, employment, medical services, drivi

A NEW "welcome pack" for Polish migrant workers arriving in Devon has been produced to help them make the most of their time in the county.The pack covers a wide range of information on useful subjects such as housing, employment, medical services, driving, education, religion and emergency services.The pack also contains tips on dealing with the British way of life including greetings, talking about the weather and the English "ritual" of getting together for a cuppa!Produced in both Polish and English, the pack has been put together by the Devon Migrant Worker Task Group, established by the Devon Strategic Partnership with the financial support of Devon County Council. It has also involved representatives of migrant workers, a wide range of agencies from the statutory and voluntary sectors, employers and community groups. The pack is aimed at Polish people who may be planning to stay in Devon in the longer term or are just intending to work here for a short while before returning home.In the two years between April 2005 and March 2007, 5,360 Polish people applied for National Insurance numbers in Devon - by far the biggest group of migrant workers.Sally Foxhall, chairman of the Devon Strategic Partnership, said: "It has been suggested that without migrant labour, London would grind to a halt. "In Devon - in areas such as the hotel and catering industry, shop work, nursing homes, cleaning and agriculture - in many instances, migrant workers form the backbone of the workforce. "We are doing all we can to make migrant workers feel welcome and valued in our communities, and to help them make the most of their time in Devon."Executive member for regeneration, strategic planning and regional affairs, Cllr Humphrey Temperley, added: "In some sectors - for example meat processing plants and the dairy industry - employees favour a high proportion of migrant workers. We want them to feel a part of life in Devon and will do all we can to help."The packs will be distributed throughout Devon by task group partner organisations, coordinated by the Community Council of Devon (contact info@devonrcc.org.uk). The welcome pack is available on the web at www.devonsp.org.uk/migrantworkers/