Nataliya is from Western Ukraine. She is 41 and has been living in the Bideford area for about 18 years. She is lecturer in Health Studies at Petroc. Nataliya is married and has two teenage sons.

To feel that ‘belonging’, you need other people around you to give that sensation of acceptance. And it’s the same here. I feel at home, because I’m surrounded by many wonderful people who have accepted me. I feel part of the community”.


“There is always a place, somewhere on earth, where you’re going to feel at home, regardless of whether you were born there, or you were not born there. You just will come there and you will feel, ‘Yes, that’s the place’. And that’s how I felt about Bideford.”


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