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Veronica

Veronica

Name: Veronica Biegańska
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Folkestone, Kent
Campaign: To encourage people to celebrate cultural differences in relationships

I was born in Poland and came to the UK when I was 10.


I’ve been here for six years now and believe that on the whole, no matter where we come from, we’re all the same.


Young people would benefit from recognising this, and from being open to people from different backgrounds.


It’s my view that this should extend to their relationships. Young people should celebrate and respect differences in intercultural relationships, rather than being put off by them.


With Fixers, I’m helping to create a radio show and podcast focussing on relationships that bridge cultural divides.


I hope to show that people of different heritages can learn a lot from each other, and that bringing people together is much better than being apart.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:

 

Francesca Hanrahan Dan McCarthy
Dan Monk Natalie Brown
Denise Lee Robbie Dickenson
James Gill Lotti Schulze
Lauren Robinson Eva Chingono
Arjgend Morina Lauren Cockran
Devina Amin Laura Wootton
Aidan Regnaud Eliza Siedlecka
Karis Thatcher Harry Douglas
Billie Marie Williams  

Youth Social Action Fund
My Fixers project was supported by the Cabinet Office’s Youth Social Action Fund.

 

As part of the Cabinet Office initiative ‘Step Up to Serve’, which is spearheaded by HRH the Prince of Wales, Fixers is working in partnership with the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) to offer the Fixer experience specifically to young people aged between 16 and 20 in Birmingham and parts of Kent.

Pent Valley Technology College
Ian Norman and the team at Pent Valley Technology College have given me their backing. They helped me to organise a focus group as part of my project.

 

Valley FM
Nicolette Bassain from Valley FM, the radio station at Pent Valley Technology College, has supported my Fix. I was able to record both my podcast and part of my broadcast film in their studios.

Shepway District Council
The team at Shepway District Council have supported my project.  Councillor Jenny Hollingsbee, Cabinet Member for Communities, agreed to be a panellist on my radio show and podcast. The discussion was filmed to feature in my broadcast piece. Michele McManus, Crime Reduction Officer at the council, also offered her support. She suggested Councillor Hollingsbee for the panel.

 

Julie Larner, Community Engagement Consultant
Julie has supported my Fix.  As a panel member contributing to my radio show and podcast, she offered her views on my Fixers project. She also agreed to appear in my broadcast film.

Milan Dvorsky, Psychotherapist
Milan has also supported my project. As well as sitting on the panel for my radio show and podcast, he agreed to feature in my TV broadcast.

April 2015

With Fixers, I’ve helped create a podcast to celebrate relationships between people of different backgrounds. Press play below to listen.

 

 

October 2014
I recorded my podcast in the studio at Valley FM. I was joined by a panel of experts - Julie Larner, Community Engagement Consultant, Milan Dvorsky, Psychotherapist, and Councillor Jenny Hollingsbee – who participated in a discussion about cultural differences in relationships.

 

Fixer Veronica (R) in the Valley FM studio with the panel

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