Thursday, 27 May 2010

Cancer Awareness Event for Women

Cancer Awareness Event for Women – 2nd June 2010
(as part of The Made in Poland Festival)
With special guest, Polish jazz singer, Anna Maria Jopek.
The event includes information stalls, presentations and a question and answer session with the Healthy Communities Collaborative, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.
A child friendly event, so please feel free to bring children along!

Tego spotkania nie możesz przegapić! Świadoma kobieta to jedyna okazja, aby zobaczyć z bliska słynną piosenkarkę Annę Marię Jopek oraz porozmawiać o swoim zdrowia i kobiecych nowotworach z lokalnymi organizacjami. Na spotkamiu będą obecne polskie lekarki pracujące a Anglii oraz tłumaczki, które w razie potrzeby pomogą w rozmowie z angielskimi pracownikami spotkamie jest przeznaczone tylko dla kobiet, abyś w bezpiecznej i komfortowej atmosferze mogła zapytać o swoje zdrowie!
W trakcie spotkanie zostaną wylosowane darmowe bilety na concert Anny Marii Jopek w The Sage Gateshead.
Spotkanie przyjazne dzieciom.

The Lit and Phil,
23, Westgate Road,
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
12pm-3pm, Entrance- Free

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Made in Poland Festival May-June 2010

Ladies and Gentleman, the annual North East Made in Poland Festival is now upon us!

Made in Poland Festival
29th May 2010 – 27th June 2010
music / film / art exhibitions / theatre
With the aim of promoting Polish or Polish-inspired art, film and music, as well as educational and sport events, this annual festival, now in its third year, has a very diverse and exciting programme of events. You don't need to be Polish to enjoy a taste of Poland here in the North East! Everyone welcome! Please go to: to find out more.
The festival kicks off with the
International Children's Day Celebration
on Saturday 29th May, 12.30pm, at the Polish Club (2 Maple Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SF -next to Newcastle College). Admission is free. Once again, all welcome!
The Made in Poland Festival features in this month's Netmums 'What's On?' listings:

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Back to the blog!


After two weeks away from the project following a nightmare house move, and a long weekend away, I'm back and feeling full of inspiration since attending the 'Children, Families and the Migration Experience: Opportunities and Challenges' conference at Middlesex University on 21st May 2010.

For more information about the conference and the ESRC project leading into the conference please go to:

It seems to me that the research field on Polish migrant families in the UK is vast growing, and I'm sure all my colleagues and friends in this field will support me in saying that I hope policy provisions /revisions coming out of this research will soon begin to have a positive impact on the lives and wellbeing of Poles in the UK.

I was particularly taken by the work being conducted by Paulina Pustulka from Jagiellonian University, Cracow, who looks at Polish mothers in Belfast. I also enjoyed and very much respected the presentation by Alexandra Kaczmarek-Day from the University of Cardiff, who is looking at the aspirations and fears of Polish parents in Wales.

Time, I think, to really press on with finding out about Polish families here in the North East so that there's a good representation in the research from this region too. So if you haven't already signed up to take part in my study, please do so now! visit:

On that note I leave you with a very region specific image taken of the Tyne River from the air (or more precisely on a recent Northumbria helicopter ride (you can buy rides at:, and they're amazing!).

Thanks Readers, Rachel