Ukrainian Oksana Podoba Joins Our Team

Ukrainian Oksana Podoba Joins Our Team


We are delighted to welcome Ukrainian refugee Oksana Podoba to our team.

The former secretary comes with an extremely strong work ethic and is settling in well within our caretaker department.

Having recently arrived in the UK under the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, Oksana joins us at Towndoor Limited headquarters and at our recently opened cafe, Lu’s Place.


Finding a Home in Towndoor


As a Ukrainian refugee, Oksana has had to leave her home, friends and family behind, as well as her previous job as a secretary.

Here at Towndoor, we are doing all we can to support Oksana while she makes this difficult transition. That includes helping her to set up and adjust to life here in the UK.

Although Oksana doesn’t speak much English, we don’t see this as a barrier. Oksana has enrolled in English classes at Holmfirth Tech and we are keen to support her as she learns more of the English language and our culture.

Oksana said: “I am so excited to be working for Towndoor so soon after arriving in England. I want to thank everyone for giving me a chance when they know so little about me.”

Oksana joins our Bulgarian and Portuguese team members who came to this country with very little English but have gone on to become an integral part of our Towndoor team.


Homes for Ukraine


The Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme allows individuals or organisations to sponsor people fleeing Ukraine.

It means individuals, charities, community groups and businesses can help to provide a safe route for Ukrainians who want to come to the UK.

Oksana is currently living with Honley resident June McLean, who owns Zebra Jewellery and Gifts in Honley. Under the Government scheme, June has kindly agreed to open her home to give Oksana a comfortable and homely start to life here in Yorkshire.


Opening Our Doors


At Towndoor we pride ourselves on promoting equality, so when we heard Oksana’s story we were also keen to help.

Oksana has already proven to be a perfect fit for the position that was offered, having carried out similar roles back in her home country of Ukraine.

Dan Bamforth, Managing Director for Towndoor Limited, said: “We have all been deeply moved by the devastating images we have seen on the news coming from Ukraine.

“As soon as we heard about the national scheme, we felt compelled to offer our support in any way we could.

“Oksana only arrived in the UK a few weeks ago but has already settled in well within our caretaking team. Oksana currently speaks very limited English but has an extremely strong work ethic. She is not only hard working but also more than willing to learn.”A Lifeline for Ukrainians

Dan added: “It is reassuring to think that we have been able to help provide a lifeline for Oksana at a time in her life when she needed it most.

“With our support, we are confident that, in time, Oksana will become a core member of our growing team.

“Towndoor has and continues to support the development of employees whose first language is not always English. These employees have become essential to the running of our business.

“We are looking forward to helping Oksana settle into employment here in the UK and watching her grow and develop over the coming months.”

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