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Kamila takes on 'lost generation' challenge

Boston's newest anti-social behaviour officer can claim to have "looked at life from both sides now".

Kamila Nowinska (30) was born in Poland and was a teenager when she moved with her parents to England.

Boston is now her home and when she visits her parents, who moved back to Poland after she graduated from Lincoln University with a degree in criminology, she speaks about "coming home" to Boston.

She believes one of the integration challenges facing Boston now is the lost generation, born here of foreign parents, who have feelings of exclusion.

"They speak English with a local accent like anyone else, but their parents do not, and they have names which stand them apart from indigenous Bostonians. Boston is home for them, but they have a confusion about where they belong and don't feel accepted. They feel a bit lost. I know, as I have experienced this also," said Kamila.

She made the choice after her graduation to remain in England because she liked it here, but her parents decided to go back to Poland.

After university her first job was in Boston working for the crime reduction initiative as an outreach worker with homeless people. She then worked with Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service as a community development officer.

"This was to mainly build bridges between communities and I organised events to bring people together."

After a short spell with Mayflower Housing Association as a housing advisor and then four years in Boston Borough Council's revenues and benefits section Kamila has made the move to community safety to better use her skill set. She speaks fluent Polish, English and Russian and lives in Boston.

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