Many thanks to TOPAS for organising this conference on British Born Polish roots — I found the topics fascinating and it was great to hear from so many interesting speakers.
Polish Roots – British Born
(Rodem Brytyjczyk – Korzenie Polskie)
The Central Association of Individual Members of the
Federation of Poles in Great Britain with Topaz
Invite you to
A Mini Conference : The Future Role of Poles born in GB
POSK, (2nd Floor), Sapphire Room
Thursday 24th May at 7.30pm
This is the first of a series of meetings, aimed at people born in Britain of Polish origin. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss and focus on their needs. The meeting will be held in English, with Polish used as required.
We will hear from several speakers, born in GB, who are actively involved in organisations such as the Federation of Poles in GB (FPGB*), about their background, current activities and their hopes for the future. We will then invite everyone to participate in an open discussion about their concerns, ideas and how to get involved. There will be an opportunity to get to know each other and to network. Finally, we hope to produce a plan to move forward so that Poles born in GB have more of an influence on shaping the future policy of the Polish Community here.
7.30: Start – Chairman of meeting – Chris Zarębski, Chairman of Advisory Council FPGB
7.40: Dr. Włodzimierz Mier-Jędrzejowicz – Chairman FPGB
7.50: Tadeusz Stenzel – Vice Chairman FPGB
Other speakers to include: Andrzej Tutkaj, Marek Laskiewicz, Bożena Karol,
Katy Carr, Jan Niechwiadowicz and others. (list is subject to change)
8.30: Open Session – Topics include:
1/. Definition of our identity. – What criteria?
2/. What role do we have if any in shaping the future of the Polish Community?
3/. How do we maintain our parent’s/grandparent’s legacy?
(buildings: POSK, Fawley Court, Ognisko, Laxton Hall etc.
memorials: Katyn massacre at Gunnersbury Cemetry, Polish Airmens’ at Northolt etc.
cultural & religious: Polish Library & Conrad Room, Sikorski Institute, SPK, parishes)
4/. What is our contact and interface with current Polish migration? (± 800,000)
5/. Is Polish needed for activity in Polish organisations? Polish: lifelong learning?
6/. What are the challenges ahead? (20,000 Polish children born in the UK annually)
7/. Do we need a new organisation? Can we adapt existing organisations?
8/. What next?
9.15: Closing remarks
9.30: Close of meeting: Networking
Further info: Bozena Karol tel: 07979 037183 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federation of Poles in GB tel: 0208 741 1606 e-mail: email@example.com
* FPGB is the Federation of Poles in Great Britain,
(In Polish ZPWB; Zjednoczenie Polskie w Wielkiej Brytanii.