International Community Organisation of Sunderland is a successor of
Sunderland Polish Community Association (2007). ICOS came to being in
June 2009, as an unincorporated association, governed by constitution.
Since that time, we have grown to over 200 members. We have 7 management
committee members and over 20 volunteers.
We were registered as a charity in April 2011. Our constitution permits
us to work all over the North East. We are currently based in Sunderland,
where most of our work is based; however, our members are from all
over, such as Tyne and Wear and County Durham, including Newcastle,
Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham.
We exist to benefit the local community, minority and ethnic people in
We organise consultations and information events, as well as providing
free and affordable training and education (formal and informal). We have a
Drop– in Advice and Guidance Centre, used by people seeking help with
official correspondence, access to welfare, employability and rights at
ICOS has also organised and co-organised numerous art and cultural
projects, such as the Meet your Neighbour Festival or the
Made in Poland Festival. We also organise social events where people
from different communities can come together and interact with each other.
If you would like to see our portfolio please feel free to ask and we will
provide you with a copy.