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Archiwum NEPCO

5 October 2008

Decision about changing NEPCO's status from community group to Community Interest Company was made during our Annual Meeting. That was the most suitable option taking into consideration our increased duties and responsibilities, opening Polish Saturday School and all the projects we are involved in. It doesn't mean we are not there for you - it only means we can work better for our local Polish Community, we will still work towards goals we have set 18 months ago delivering better outcomes. We invite you all to take part in our projects and cooperate with us!

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10 September 2008

We had received almost 30 applications through for Polish Saturday School teachers job vacancies. People meeting essential criteria were interviewed and we appointed 7 candidates with most relevant qualifications and experience.

At the moment we are negotiating funds and finalising classrooms rental agreement with one of Newcastle based schools. We have already received over 60 enrolment forms. We are also in touch with Polish Consulate in Manchester and local organisations interested in supporting Polish Saturday School and developing good relationship with Polish parents.

We are arranging relevant training and CRB checks for our teachers and volunteers, we are also developing contracts, parent-school agreements and code of conduct for our School.

We are expecting our Saturday classes to take place on each 'school week' Saturday; each session will last around 3 hours with lunch time break - school will be open for 5 hours. We will teach Polish, history and geography and we welcome children age between 5 and 16. There will be monthly fee (we will give you more details about fees when we get our grant applications outcomes). We will post all the info about Polish Saturday School on our website.

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20 August 2008.

New issue of 2b available! Summary of Made in Poland Festival, reading corner, a literary debut, language without barriers and information about NVQ qualifications.

Download it here -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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7 July 2008.

We are in the middle of preparations of the Polish Saturday School opening!

In early July, we are in discussion about available premises with City Council. Enrolment to the school is open until the end of July. Knowing the number and age of children we will know how big premises we will need. In July, we will invite qualified teachers of Polish language, history and geography, who want to teach in our School, to send their CV together with a vision of the subject to the following e-mail address:szkola@nepco.org.uk

Selected candidates will be contacted in August.

We invite you to visit our website where we will publish updated information about the school.

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4 July 2008.

Welcome to 2B26!

Sports emotions - Euro 2008 is behind us, but in 2B you will find articles that remind us those unforgettable moments ('My Kingdom' and 'From the Land of their fathers'). After sport, it's time to relax. This time, we invite you on a magical journey to Cornwall ('magical place'). And after a rest - time to work, for which, better be sure to register with the Home Office ('Guidance'). For those who plan to study in the UK there's a guide to the sources of funding education. And speaking of education - please feel welcome to read about the plan of opening the Polish Saturday School for children in North East (page 2)! After learning and studying - we invite you for a pint, as suggested by the article 'Language without Borders', to the 'public house'?! In addition, for the first time in 2B - a new section 'Sport' and already well known 'Polish accents' and 'free events'. After a short break an English summary of the whole issue of 2B ("English Summary") is back!

FrAnia and 2B Team

Download it here -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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8 June 2008.

Family Picnic in Exhibition Park was a huge success. We had a brilliant weather, a chance to make new friends, children and parents had so much fun and grilled sausages were everyone's favourite!

We'd like to thank you all for coming and invite you to join us next time!

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25 May 2008.

2B25!New issue available!

And inside...: From Fathers' Land: Weekendland Magic places: Craigside COMPETITION z Polish Books!!! 5 Polish books to be won! Advice and info from: TUC, Police, Newcastle City Council Magic places: Sopot Language without barriers Richard Grainger - who was he? Reading corner - Harasymowicz and other articles

Download -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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26 April 2008.

2B24! This issue is almost all about Polish Festival taking place throught May in Newcastle and Consett, known as Made in Poland Festival. It was organized by NEPCO, MISH-MASH and Dorota Antoniak - and also Polish and English volunteers. Please visit our website: www.madeinpolandfestival.co.uk

Regular columns also available in this 2b issue

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1 April 2008.

2B23. Welcome! We are glad you liked our new layout - we have received a handful of positive comments about our it, thank you very much!

In 2B23: Poles voting - social campaign popular in UK; suicides - plague North East; doubtful returns to Poland; how to create a good CV; retirement in UK; what TUC and Facebook have in common; Geordie without boundaries; April Witch takes over Reading Corner; creator of The Sage. Something new and exciting for a very first time - Engish SUMMARY prepared by our friend Alison Stenning. And a bonus - first hand info about Made in Poland - Polish Festival in Newcastle!!!

There are first adverts appearing in 2B this time - these are necessary to help us to maintain and rum our magazine. Have a good read!

Download -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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29 MArch 2008.

Easter Meeting.

NEPCO member celebrated Easter together with our friends and everyone who wanted to join our celebrations. There were dozens of Easter dishes and desserts brought by all guests. We talked and chatted about everything - from our work for local Polish community to our children and families matters.

We'd like to thank everyone for coming - we hope to see you soon!

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4 March 2008.

Holocaust Seminar in NEwcastle.

NEPCO was invited to take part in Holocaust seminar which taken place on Tuesday, 4 March. During reasearch funded by Jewish organisation based in Newcastle, Anna Malinowska, student from Durham University, travelled (in 2007) to various locations in Poland which were home for Jewish Community for years. During her presentation Anna talked about Jewish people and their stories, showing photographs of various locations, places, buildings and events keeping Jewish culture, art and music alive.

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24 February 2008.

2B22. Welcome! Our new issue looks and feels different - we hope you will like it! There are also new columns and articles for you to enjoy: Language without barriers will reveal secrets of English Language, From Doctor's point of view - you will find out how Polish Doctor works in English reality. English Celebrities - good bite of history and biographic elements of interesting and well-known English people. Advice and info from TUC and local Police. Also - already known Reading Corner, Magic Places, Pl accents and free events. Plus NEPCO newsletter and news from North East...

Download -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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24 February.

Another members and friends social meeting has taken place in Gospoda - Polish restaurant. Enjoying amazing food we talked about our on-going projects and pland and ideas for the future.

What's coming? Business workshops (29/02), Story-reading (8/03 - children's event @ Gosforth Library), Polish Days (in May)… plus dozens of other ideas! Our meetings are taking place once a month - feel free to join us next time!

Our next meeting will take place on 30 March - it will be Easter meeting. Time and place - tbc.

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2 February 2008.

First Gerard's Polish-English North East Football Tournament has taken place.

There were six teams taking part in this event, on a very cold Saturday morning. We have tea, coffee and doughnuts on sale - to gather some money to help our friend, Maja, after her tragical loss. The tournament was won by a Polish team led by an English captain! We'd like to thank everyone who was there and supported us. See you all next time! This tournament was organised by NEPCO in cooperation with Newcastle City Council. During the event money was collected to contribute towards costs of funeral service of our friend and member, Gerard, who died unexpectedly in December. We have collected 85 pounds, so it means that we have managed to get £483.89 all together!

Thank you for your help and contribution!

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27 January 2008.

We have taken part in two 'brainstorm' meetings.

First one - about the future, shape and development of our '2b' magazine - there are new ideas, new sponsors interested in supporting us, we are waiting for the final version of new design! More details to follow.

Second meeting - discussion regaring organisation of Polish Days in May. We'd like to introduce Polish culture and our ways of multicultural dialogue - and good fun! - to local community. Together with volunteers, activists and other community organisations we have discussed our ideas and events proposals - it's time for action now! A big 'thank you' to everyone participating in our discussions! If you want to take part - contact us by -mail: info@nepco.org.uk or talk to people involved in organising events included in our Polish Festival.

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26 January 2008.

New 2B issue: - reading corner - a book review by Grawinka - from Fathers' Land - by Jerzy Wojeciech - Magic Bridges in Newcastle by Jadzia - Newsletter NEPCO - Story-reading - recommended by Grawinka - My Britain by CEzAR - New Year's dialogue by Lena & dr Miroslaw - 'free events' in Newcastle and WWO gig in Newcastle - info about consul's visit and passport appointments - four projects involving Polish Community in Newcastle and a bonus - 2008 Diary ready to print off!

Enjoy!

Download here -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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26 January 2008

Two Carnival parties were organized in NEwcastle. Why two? Because there were far more parents and children interested in taking part than we anticipated and we couldn't take them all! Mutual decision was made and a first party kicked of at 1pm at the Globe, followed by the second party at 2pm at the Polish Club. We'd like to thank everyone - all the princesses, pirates, fairytale characters and superheroes who came and had fun with us. A huge 'thank you' goes to staff at the Globe and Polish Club for co-organizing these brilliant events with us.

See you next time!

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21 January 2008.

NEPCO met with TUC to discuss cooperation options and possibilities, including ideas for working rights awareness raising and advantages of joing the Unions. Next step - articles prepared by TUC and published in our 2B magazine.

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16 January 2008.

Carole Yeoh from Newcastle City Council and Anna Fraszczyk from NEPCO delivered a detailed presentation about cooperation between local authority and community organisation - it's taken place during regional conference for Community and Cohesion Workers from various cities across North East. The Globe pub provided a meeting space and also lunch for all attendees.

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15 January 2008.

Our Chairperson has taken part in Newcastle Polish Club Committee meeting. Our newsletter and new 2B issue was distributed,as well as invitation to the Photography Exhibition by Paul Brown - which was a part of official Holocaust Memorial Day in Newcastle.

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13 January 2008 - we have taken part in organising the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Newcastle for a very first time. Volunteers managed to organised a brilliant event as a part of XVI worldwide Finale in just 2 months. During the event there were fun games for children, history classes with ancient war arts show, auctions, raffle, music gigs, fireworks, lights and fire dance at the Space (Newcastle College). There were music gigs and karaoke at the Globe pub. Our volunteers were raising money for children with laryngological conditions. We have raised £ 1183,50 + 77,53 PLN + 2,80 EURO in Newcastle!

Thank you! Sie ma!

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5 January 2008 - a meeting with volunteers planning to set up a Polish Community orhanisation in Consett has taken place.

we have dicussed our constitution, organisational and legal issues and requirements, talked about our plans and projects. Here we'd like to invite Poles from Consett area to join the new group!

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22 December 2007 2B - Christmas issue! Last time in this year we invite you to have a llok at our newest issue, containing - amongst other - letter to Santa Claus, magic book review, interesting news and an invitation to a Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity event!!!

Download -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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16 December 2007 - NEPCO open committee meeting has taken place.

We have summarised last years activities and projects, discussed ideas, comments and feedback received. We have also enjoyed Christmas style poppy-seed cake and pass Christmas wishes around.

On behalf of NEPCO Committee I would like to thank everyone for last 9 months we've spent together, wishing you all (and us as well!) Merry Christmas and all the Best in New Year, hoping that our cooperation will be even better in 2008.

Marta Rzepecki, NEPCO Secretary.

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1 December - "Safety Works" workshops were organized for Polish Community.

Representatives of Fire brigades, Police and Ambulance Service have given us a practical tour, discussing safety rules. We have also had a chance to talk to Environment Agency and NExus represetatives about what they do and how they work. Thank you for coming!

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21 November - our President has taken part in a very interesting conference - 'Tapping Hidden Talents' v 'Supporting Organisation' organised by North East Strategic Migration Partnership and North of England Refugee Service.

The aim of the conference was to present the problems of refugees and economic migrants, to show what has been done to help them to find jobs in the UK and what still needs to be done in the future.

Major obstacles in finding employment for these groups were recognized and discussed. The main problems are: the language barrier, lack of work experience and references from the UK, lack of understanding of the recruitment process, lack of knowledge about local labor market needs, concerns of employers, lack of confidence and housing problems. Aim for the future would be to increase the numbers of refugees and economic migrants in employment and developing their own forms in north-east of England. The main tasks to fulfill are: to provide information, advice and assistance related to job search, helping individuals to overcome barriers to employment, working with employers to facilitate employment of refugees and immigrants profit.

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18 November - Financial Open Day for Polish Community has taken place at 'the Globe'.

Specialists and representatives of banks and organizations from the financial sector were there and responded to questions arrived – issues around current accounts, through savings accounts, investment opportunities, loan, loans, mortgages and options for firt time buyers.

Thank you all very much for coming; if you are interested in getting more info and advice, please contact the advisors directly – they arehappy to answer further questions and help resolve any inconsistencies and emerging issues.

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15 November - President NEPCO took part in workshops that were part of a three-day conference on "Exploring European identity through intercultural dialogue. Challenging the stereotype of migrants ".

Representatives of the four partner cities: Copenhagen, Tallinn, Malmo and Newcastle, gathered in Newcastle to exchange experiences of working migrants. They talked about the opportunities and barriers, which appeared in Europe in connection with the phenomenon of the influx of immigrants.

http://www.europe4citizens.eu/

A total of ten people from Denmark, Sweden, England and Poland took part in a workshop entitled: "Economic migrants in an enlarged European Union". Discussion was moderated by Kevin Richardson, who is engaged in research on labor migration (especially Poles) in Newcastle.

Participants distinguish between positive and negative aspects of working migration in their cities.

In conclusion, the conference delegates agreed with the statement that economic migration is a positive and useful phenomenon for their cities. The big challenge for cities and entire countries is to able to take advantage of talented and educated immigrants and improve the acceptance of immigrants among the native inhabitants of cities.

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28 October.

A new issue of the monthly 2B - 2B17 - inside: Halloween * Article from PL - We have chosen! * My Kingdom * Projects with the Poles in the background * Newsletter NEPCO * Benefits - SSP * PL ACCENTS and interesting websites * Lena and Dr. Miroslaw Paluch * Poster - a survey about Poles

Enjoy your reading!

Download the issue -> http://www.2b.nepco .org.uk/ issues/

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13 October - screenings of short films under the title 'Silence', launched Polish Film and Art Day at Newcastle at 4pm.

Throughout the evening a series of short films made by students from the Masters School, directed by Andrzej Wajda were shown at the Star and Shadow cinema - as well as three Polish animations (such as 'Cathedral' by Baginski) and the Polish feature film. In the lobby of the building you could admire an exhibition of photographs of Thomas Castellan under the title 'The Poles and the Church'.

After short films and animations a film with a Polish accent was shown - a few minutes-dance film titled 'Identity?' (A joint project by Colleen, Carolina and Mat). During a break, waiting for the main movie of the evening, our guests were tucking into bigos prepared by 'Gospoda' - a Polish restaurant in Newcastle. For fussy eaters there was also Polish bread with lard and pickled cucumber and lettuce salad available.

After the refreshments a feature film 'Symmetry' was shown. After the movie, in the bar, patricipants were invited to watch a moving slide show with a dose of Polish music in the background, prepared by Tom D. Throughout the evening there was also Polish alternative music played in the bar area.

The Polish Film and Art Day was attended by about seventy people of different nationalities, but the Poles were in majority. These people have had a chance to see a bit of Polish culture and art, were introduced to a new place to try Polish food, and integrate with the local community. And that is all what we wanted. Such a turnout is considered to be a big success!

Thank you!

Two Polish organizations: North East Polish Community Organisation (NEPCO) and Polish-English Students' Society at Newcastle University (PUK) organized that brilliant event.

The main sponsor of the event was Newcastle City Council.

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26 September. We invite you to read our new 2B issue :)

Table of Contents: *Elections in EU *PL Column - My way *Tyne and Wear *NEPCO Newsletter *The magic of Kielder Water & Forest Park *Environment Agency: Dump it & leg it *PL ACCENTS *My United Kingdom *PL FILM AND ART DAY

Download the issue -> http://www.2b.nepco .org.uk/ issues/

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NEPCO back in London!

Tuesday, September 25 2007: two representatives from NEPCO travelled to London to take part in 'Good practice seminar 'organized by the Local Government Information Unit – an event based on recommendations from the Commission for Integration and Unity.

Anna Fraszczyk and Dariusz Wojciechowski, representing NEPCO, delivered a presentation on the objectives, successes, challenges and NEPCO cooperation with Newcastle City Council. NCC was represented by Simon Underwood - 'Head of Social Inclusion', who talked about migrants and the role they play in the north-eastern region of England.

Participants represented more than a dozen local authorities scattered around England.

We hope that our experiences and feedback will help and contribute to better cooperation with the Polish communities in their regions.

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15 September - AGM at the White Eagle Polish Club.

We all have had an opportunity to watch a documentary feature about Poles in Newcastle (including NEPCO members!), prepared by Tyne Tees TV, followed by discussion about NEPCO's activities and achievements.

New Committee was elected: Chair - Anna Fraszczyk

Treasurer - Pawel Scibior

Secretary - Marta Rzepecki

Projects Coordinator - Szymon Wierzchowski.

There was a raffle and the evening concluded with music and dance party - music played by DJ Esceel

We'd like to thank our First Commitee Members for their all hard work and wish them all the best in the future.

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25 August NEPCO organised an Edu Day - education day for Poles in Newcastle. The event was hold in a Polish pub called The Globe at 11 Railway Street between 12pm and 3pm. There were seven people representing four organisations offering different courses for adults. The most popular were English courses, especially ESOL, offered by CSV, Learning Links and Newcastle College. NEPCO invited also Centre for Lifelong Learning offering wide range of courses e.g. music, archaeology or photography. They offer also Polish classes which we could recommend to English people.

There were about 50 people visiting the Edu Day who had a possibility to collect information and benefit from the event. It was also a new experience for the NEPCO committee to organise and manage that kind of event. In the future we plan to organise Open Days regularly, and cover different topics, e.g. financial.

The event was supported by Newcastle City Council who sponsored the promotion of the event and a meal for the Edu Day organisers.

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19 August A new issue of 2B - 15th is available! Inside: - everything about road check by Steve from Northumbria Police - what's new in Poland? article by Jerzy Wojciech - let's meet CSV and its offer - NEPCO newsletter plus Committee election - a word from our parish priest - father Robert - what's new about Poles in UK? article by Cezar - benefits - Disability Living Allowance by Marta - reflection on everyday life by Lena and Miroslaw - plus EDU DAY - invitation from NEPCO for all those who would like to know more about learning and courses in Newcastle.

Enjoy your reading :)

Download the issue -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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24 July NEPCO representatives had an informal chat with two representatives of Northumberland Police, Department of Community Engagement. Issues related to the future co-operation were discussed. Idea about exchanging experience between police and a polish community in Northumberland was the main topic. Police is going to take part in NEPCO's events as a guest. It is a piece of campaign which the aim is to build a trust between Polish people and the Police. There are a few ideas for the future how the co-operation might look like, i.e. workshops 'how to behave in daily situations where police is involved', publishing short questions/answers articles explaining the way the police works, appearance on events organised by NEPCO, co-operation in the future 'racial equality' project.

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18 July (2pm). Group of Poles and NEPCO members has started a tour around BBC premises in Newcastle. Anna who works for BBC as a tour guide has shown us around. We've been given special red identification badges at the beginning. Then we've moved through full of working journalists office to tv studio. We've found it empty - and surprisingly small, though lots of lights and cameras have been watching each our step. We've got to know all arcana of recording a tv programme.

There are two famous red sofas in studio - in so called soft area. We couldn't have missed this opportunity and we've taken couple of group photos there. After hearing another few stories we've moved to "headquarters" with lots of TV screens, microphones, buttons... This is the place where TV programmes are put together.

And last but not least - radio studio. We've lucked into a live broadcast in next-door room, so we could have watched the recording and crew cooperation step-by-step.

Thank you all for coming - and see you soon! NEPCO together with Anna is going to organise another BBC Tour in Autumn.

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16 July.

New 2B available :)

Take a look at one of our articles: - Newcastle upon Tyne - short city description, - PL column - see how the Polish land lies, - an article about TUC - Trade Union Congress, - magic places and West Yorkshire Moor, - Newsletter NEPCO, - Benefits: Child Maintenance, - article from UK, - our Reading Room and two excellent books: Pilgrim and Angels and Demons, - PL Accents - events with Poles involved in, - and for dessert.. reflection on friendship - that is our new feature.

Let's read!

Download the issue -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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15 July NEPCO Committee visited Lord Mayor's Chamberr at the Civic Centre. This was just an informal visit for the Lord Mayor to get to know our community and find out what we're doing.

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8 July BBQ! NEPCO members and our friends met at Exhibition Park just next to the Cafe resigning from traditional Sunday roast in favour of self-grilled Polish sausage and blissful idleness. The weather was beautiful, grilled sausages and chicken bites were dissapearing as quick as a flash and our youngest participants had enough time and place to cavort around.

We'd like to thank you all for coming. See you next time!

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7 July There was a Polish Information Open Day organised by Polska Chata at "The Globe" pub for the first time. The place was decorated all over with a white and red baloons and Polish flags and in this scenery the representatives of different institutions and organisations answered questions and clarified various matters. Students from University talked about living in UK. NEPCO members who prepared our stand invited and encouraged people to watch photos from our events, to read our newsletter and 2B brochure and to take part in our future events such as BBC tour, bbq, picnics, film festival and so on. There is a chance for the future to organise more information events (like this one) for Poles in NE.

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28 June.

Meeting with Enterprising Newcastle organised by NEPCO at the beginning of June gave rise to so much interest that at the request of our members we decided to arrange individual consultations with the advisors. All participants declared the meetings met their expectations. Fingers crossed for success of the projects.

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27 June Our Committee members have represented NEPCO and attended International Festival of Culture, representing Polish culture, accents and our children art during the event at Polish stand...

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22 June NEPCO took part in an extraordinary event - Celebrating Diversity.

Together with multi-ethnic companion from different parts of the world we celebrated the beauty of cultural diversity. Colourful dancing, regional music, delicious food and above it all - new friendships which know no bounds...

GALERIA

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14 June. Our bank account opening confirmed by Unity Bank.

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13 June. Representatives from Newcastle's community have been invited to hear the results of a report looking into community integration at a national event!

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10 June. Finally 2B13 is available! It's the first issue published monthly, because since June 2007 2B became a monthly brochure for Poles in North East. We are planning to write more about events not only in Newcastle, but also around the whole North East region. To do that, we need your help. Are you ready to write for us? Have you seen any interesting event recently? Do you want to share your knowledge and findings with others? Just drop an e-mail to info.newcastle@gmail.com. We will be grateful for any comments about new issue and for the future as well! In 2B13 you can read (in polish) about: WRS, books, how to apply for a job in public sector, read a NEPCO's newsletter, find out how 'maternity leave' works, go to free events recommended by 2B and also visit polish pub The Globe. At the end you can bake delicious polish cakes! And read again much more!

Download the issue -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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7 June. In cooperation with Enterprising Newcastle, NEPCO organised a meeting with “How to start your own business in the UK”. We wanted to show and discuss many relevant possibilities and needs, and check what help Enterprising Newcastle can offer.

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3 June. We've celebrated International Children's Day on our family picnic. The weather was good and our friends - small and big - didn't disappoint us. We all had a great fun, the toys, bicycles, balls, skipping ropes, pencils and crayons brought in turned out to be great entertaining stuff. Even our big boys enjoyed themselves kicking the football! There was plenty of delicious food in our picnic baskets and even birthday cake for one of our youngest nepco-girls...

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29 May NEPCO members took part in a programming meeting in 'Star and Shadow' cinema in Newcastle. We're planning to organise polish events in the cinema and to show polish films. The cinema is open for any initiatives. Debate is still in progress... More details soon…

On the same day NEPCO members participated in OECD seminar: New arrivals: Does economic migration benefit North East? Lead-speakers: Ian Kernohan, Head of Fresh Talent Initiative, Scotland, Cllr John Shipley, Leader, Newcastle City Council and Danny Sriskandarajah, Associate Director, Head of Migration, Equalities and Citizenship in IPPR.

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27 May. NEPCO members and their friends watched Tynemouth's Viking Raiders Show in Tynemouth and then had a picnic in a sheltered place next to the small beach.

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17 May. NEPCO started cooperation with Trade Union Congress. On our website you can obtain information about the work obligations and rights in the UK (Go to: Cooperation: Links). Moreover, organizations are going to held meetings with Polish migrant workers on employees' rights and Britain's trade unions.

17 May. Our Chairperson met with the representative of the European Employment Services (EURES) North East. Portal is funded by the European Union and offers an access to job vacancies from 29 countries in Europe and allows a jobseeker to post her or his CV. EURES provides detailed information about living and working in another European country. Information is available in Polish - link to the website you can find in 'Cooperation'.

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14 May. NEPCO's Chairperson had a meeting with Nadeem Ahmad, the representative of the North East Strategic Partnership for Asylum & Refugee Support. The discussion concerned the possibility and form of future cooperation. NEPCO was invited to take part in the 'Celebrate Diversity' event that aims at encouraging better understanding between communities and will take place between 18th and 24th June.

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13 May 2B12 appeared - last time as the fortnightly brochure. In this issue you can read about: GP and NHS, a short note about situation in PL, a few words about Recyke Y' Bike, info about Polish photo-project, a few quick BBQ tips and essentials about NIC and NIN.

Download the issue -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

Starting on 10th June 2B13 will become a monthly brochure. New columns, new graphic, new ideas :) Hope you will enjoy it! You're warmly welcome to co-operate with us!

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9 May. NEPCO members met the representative of the Commission for Racial Equality, which has an office in Newcastle. There has been said that immigration is not an economic issue only. The conclusion was that language barrier and lack of knowledge are main reasons why people do not react properly when the law is broken. The first step to change that situation is to inform migrants about their rights and duties. Both organisations will stay in touch in the future.

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28 AprilThere was a General Meeting held. Members of the Committee discussed membership related issues. We've accepted and signed an 'opening bank account' application form. Besides new ideas and details connected with NEPCO future plans came out - detailed information soon in 'Projects' tab - left hand side menu.

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27 April Our Committee met with Community Development Workers. We've discussed our recent applications (for a place within council buildings, insurance and first grants/funds).

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26 April A new (11-th) issue of 2B brochure containing an article about NEPCO, feature from our fathers' land, magic places with The Marsden Grotto and as usual: quick recipe, forthcoming events and note about benefits.

Download the issue -> http://www.2b.nepco.org.uk/issues/

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16 April NEPCO Committee met with the members of Commission on Integration and Cohesion.

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14 April. Easter Meeting organised by NEPCO has taken place at the Polish Club, 2 Maple Terrace, Newcastle. Apart from traditional Polish Easter dishes and warm atmosphere we had an opportunity to discuss our organisation's plans for the future.

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11 April. Meeting with the Community Development Team workers: Carole Yeoh and Simon Wood has taken place. Insurance and office space issues were discussed.

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25 March. NEPCO members and Ruth Baddoo, Senior Community Development Officer have met. We have discussed our aims,plans and cooperation options.

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19 March Internet domain: www.nepco.org.uk has been bought.

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18 March First Election Day - Committee members were elected and NEPCO official Constitution was accepted and signed.

Chair - Marta Zielinska

Secretary - Katarzyna Szawara

Treasurer - Marta Rzepecki

Projects Coordinators: - Anna Fraszczyk, - Pawel Scibior, - Szymon Wierzchowski.