The recruitment to the four-day training has already started and the deadline for submitting the applications will expire on the 15th May 2015. The training will take place in Kirkcaldy between the 5th and the 8th June 2015.

The training is organized as part of the “Vote, You Are At Home!” campaign by the School for Leaders Foundation and Fife Migrants Forum in cooperation with the Polish Cultural Festival Association, the Feniks Centre for Development, Therapy and Support and the Polish Professionals Forum. The project is co-financed with the funds from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland as part of the competition for the realization of the task “Cooperation with Polish Community and the Poles who live abroad in 2015.”

The training is addressed to those who live in Scotland and perform activities on behalf of the Polish community as part of their professional or social work and who want to participate in more extensive work to reinforce the positive image and social or political participation of the Poles in Scotland.

With the training organizers want to reinforce the participants, to inspire them, to provide them with practical tools for better integration and engagement of local communities, including the ones that are interested in higher participation of the Polish community in local politics. Organizers also want to encourage the participants to cooperate with one another and with similar people in Scotland and Poland. The aim of the training is to develop the leadership competencies of the participants, as well as to support them in their active and conscious actions within their Polish and local communities.

The organizers are looking for the activists who belong to Polish community organizations, professional associations, student clubs and informal organisations, as well as for those who are active in the field of politics, perform activities on behalf of particular social groups (national minorities, women, religious organisations, etc.), those who are connected with the world of education, science, sport and culture and all those who want to get involved in similar activities.

After the training the participants will carry out regional meetings or other events with the aim to encourage the local communities in their place of residence to be active.

The program of the training includes such topics as:

  • Getting familiar with and using the tools that facilitate the engagement of local communities,Understanding the functioning of local government institutions in Scotland,
  • Establishing efficient cooperation with Scottish institutions and organizations,
  • Determining the directions of the actions necessary to increase the social and political activity of the Poles who live in Scotland,
  • Taking care of the interests and the positive image of the Polish community in Scotland.

The program will be carried out through:

  • The workshops that develop leadership competencies;
  • Lectures and meetings with the representatives of the Scottish institutions, social organizations, etc.

The organizers also encourage you to read information about earlier editions of Schools for Leaders for the Polish Community Abroad, including the Leadership Training in Edinburgh and the Local Government Training in Ireland. You can find it on the following website: Schools for Leaders 



Organizers invite you to participate in the training if:

  • You are at least 20 years old,
  • You live in Scotland,
  • You have Polish roots or you perform activities on behalf of Polish communities abroad,
  • You are a leaders in your community,
  • You have been socially, culturally or politically active for at least 2 years,
  • You would like to extend the scope of your activities and to establish or to develop cooperation with other Polish community organizations,
  • You will organize an event addressed to your local community within the period from June to November of 2015,
  • You have a sufficient command of English to participate in the activities run in this language.

Recruitment framework.

  • Applications and recommendation letters must be submitted by the 15th May.
  • The list of the participants will be announced by the 19th May on the website


The organizers cover the costs of participation in the training, including lodge, board and training materials. The participants cover the costs of transport to the training venue.


Applications shall consist of:

  • A completed application form,
  • CV,
  • 2 references and/or other materials that document and confirm information included in the form.

The organizers kindly ask you to submit those to the following address: by the 15th May 2015.

During the selection procedure organizers  will seek the opinion of the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh.


For more information on the recruitment to the project you may contact the Project Coordinators:

Magda Mazur- School for Leaders Foundation | tel. + 48 22 556 82 65

Joanna Zawadzka – Fife Migrants Forum | tel + 44 159 264 29 27


The “Vote, You Are At Home!” campaign was launched in 2013 by the School for Leaders from Poland and Forum Polonia from Ireland. The School for Leaders encourages the Poles who live abroad to vote in the elections to the European Parliament and to run or to vote in the local government elections. The “You are at home. Vote!” campaign is politically neutral. The School for Leaders does not indicate any particular political option or any particular candidates.


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