There are several hundreds different types of organisations representing and serving Poles in UK
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Elizabeth arrived to the UK in August 2004. Degree in English Language Teaching & Literature (QTS obtained in Poland, Silesia University), postgraduate degree in Bilingualism in Education (University of Birmingham- 2007-09). Elizabeth is a qualified teacher of English, former lecturer at University of Warwick, former ESOL tutor and DPSI trained Legal Interpreter; worked in secondary schools in Walsall as a Head of Ethnic Minority Achievement Centre between 2007 and 2016. Since November 2016 working at Rights and Equality Sandwell as their strategic adviser on Migration and Equality. Her expertise lays in working with ethnic minorities, NGOs and government departments. Founder and Chair of Directors at European’s Welfare Association CIC – (EWA CIC – organisation which runs one of the largest Polish supplementary school in Black Country) . Trustee at National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) and Federation of Poles in GB. Her approach is to bring solutions, unite communities and tackle any form of discrimination and social exclusion.
Barbara was born in Poland, she moved abroad twenty years ago to pursue her academic education. Barbara has an extensive experience in the field of public engagement, cultural competence and health equality gained through her career in local government, NGO’s and academia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Polish heritage plays important part in her life. She is the founder and chair of Project Polska, a civic society organisation aimed at empowering Polish diaspora to engage in social action and cross-cultural dialogue. Since its establishment in 2010, the organisation has delivered various initiatives, ranging from skills and leadership development, to cultural interventions focusing on promoting Polish heritage to the wider communities. Recent exhibitions on Poland road to independence and the contribution of Polish Pilots in the Battle of Britain have been showcased at local museums and libraries. Barbara is also a trainer in Equality and Diversity and Cultural Adaptation in Business. In 2017, Barbara was nominated for East Midlands Women’s Award in the category of ‘Community Impact- Charity and Voluntary Award’ for her outstanding contribution to raising the agenda of women empowerment and equality.
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Creator and founder of Social Seed Media C.I.C. Founder of the Bo Warto portal. Professional journalist with a Master’s Degree in International Relations. Founding Member of the Scouting Association (ZHR, est. 1989), second largest scout organisation in Poland. Awarded The Medal of Merit for National Defence by the Ministry of National Defence of Poland. Has lived in London for the last 10 years. Chairwoman of Polish Professionals in London. Involved in a number of Polish community initiatives that actively support the development of Polish non-governmental organisations in the UK.
About Andrzej: Andrzej is a history enthusiast, and outside of his fulltime is a trustee of the British-Polish registered charity 307 Squadron Project which promotes and researches the role of the Polish 307 Squadron that defended Great Britain from enemy bombers during the Second World War. Andrzej, whose Great-Uncle served in the squadron which were known as the ‘Lwów Eagle Owls’, assists in providing information to relatives of squadron members, promoting the role of the squadron on Facebook, attending formal events, and producing exhibitions in both Polish and English to explain the story of Polish airmen fighting alongside the British RAF. The exhibitions in both English and Polish have shown in many cities including Portsmouth where he lives. In Portsmouth Andrzej also helps to look after the Monument of November Insurgents at Kingston Cemetery which remembers over 200 Polish soldiers who arrived at Portsmouth in 1834 after the November uprising and formed the first Polish community in Great Britain.
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Marta Sordyl is a highly experienced Community Development Worker. Marta is professionally trained in community organising and The National Leadership Program. In addition she is skilled in coordinating large scale projects to help communities identify their assets, opportunities, rights and responsibilities in order to empower them. Her work includes liaising with local residents in planning appropriate action to enable and generate community aspiration and confidence. Over the last 8 years she has developed a number of successful projects focused on working around capacity building with the Polish and non – Polish speaking residents in the London Borough of Lambeth. Marta is currently working with Stockwell Partnership on Poles Connect project, a UK based charity that aims to improve the quality of life in the local neighbourhood through the undertaking of social projects. At the heart of the work carried out by Marta and Stockwell Partnerships is the strengthening of community cohesion as well as providing support to residents so that they are more able to take action on issues they care about. Marta is passionate and dedicated to working closely with local authorities, the Polish Embassy, and Cultural Institutions to implement projects focused on promoting Polish culture and community participation in the UK.
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