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September 2020

COVID-19 weighs heavy on all of us...

Unfortunately, many of us were not able to spend some holidays in Switzerland, nor even to organise traditional celebrations of the 1st of August.

■ During this long period of limitations, the online community of Swiss expatriates became a virtual place where many had the chance to share questions, concerns and also happy moments with other members. This has brought relief and support for many people during the lockdown. Read our issue for some highlights from the Facebook community group ‘Swiss in the UK’.

Swiss Church London are resuming monthly sermons as of October, heavily dependent on any restrictions imposed. Check the Autumn newsletter for dates. 

■ Many Swiss Clubs are meeting online due to restrictions - check out the Swiss Club Edinburgh's Monthly Stammtisch, follow New Helvetic Society on Facebook and the Swiss Benevolent Society for virtual coffee mornings amongst others. 

■ The Embassy has also strengthened its collaboration with the Swiss Benevolent Society: a helpline has been activated to support Swiss of all ages and walks of life affected by the Covid-19 emergency - more information on the website. The Swiss community has been exceptionally proactive in addressing the crisis: charities, professional workers and individual citizens are involved in aid efforts.

■ Important changes at the Consular network: two new Honorary Consuls were appointed in Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Stay Safe, Save Lives

Brexit update

The Swiss Embassy have published an updated status on the current position between Switzerland and the UK in light of the UK now being in a transition period. 

Read the full article and find links to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and Brexit FAQs: Brexit update for Swiss living in the UK

For more in-depth guidance and a video walk-through of the settlement application process, please visit the dedicated BREXIT PAGE

Please do continue to send us your stories about Swiss in the UK and events (with pictures please!) held by the various Swiss Clubs and Societies. 

Gioia Palmieri, UK Editor

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