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Guide to explain tea and weather

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.

As well as information about housing and employment it also offers tips about the British way of life.

It advises readers that talking about the weather is generally a good way to start a conversation.

It also cautions that the best way to answer the question "How are you?", is not to respond with health details.

Tea-drinking is an opportunity to overcome shyness and make everyone feel more comfortable
Welcome Pack

Other tips include advice that Polish people may notice the English tend to say "please", "sorry" and "thank you" a lot.

"Use them where you can, and just to be on the safe side, smile!" the guide urges.

Advice is also offered about the ritual of tea-drinking which it says provides "an opportunity to overcome shyness and make everyone feel more comfortable."

It goes on to say: "You may be asked whether you want your drink weak or strong, white (with milk) or black (without)".

Produced in Polish and English, the pack has been put together by the Devon Migrant Worker Task Group.

Sally Foxhall, from the Devon Strategic Partnership, said: "In areas such as the hotel and catering industry, shop work, nursing homes, cleaning and agriculture, migrant workers often 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."




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