Scottish communities including those in West Lothian are set to benefit from a new Transatlantic Fellowship.
The search is on for two active citizens to become the first Fred Edwards Trust Fellows. The Fellowship is a unique collaboration between the Perth-based Fred Edwards Trust, the Scottish Community Development Centre and the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee.
Under the banner, ‘The Power of One: Inspiring people to become inspiring people’, the aim of the Fellowship is to invest in key individuals, who are emerging as citizen leaders within their own communities in Scotland.
Fellows will be people who can enthuse and inspire others. Making a difference will be what drives them and they will become even more effective citizen leaders as a result of taking part in a week-long programme of activities at the Highlander Center, where they will follow in the footsteps of former ‘Highlanders’ such as Dr Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.
Fiona Garven, director of the Scottish Community Development Centre said:
“SCDC works in communities across Scotland and we regularly meet people who know that they could be even more effective if they had more knowledge, new skills or greater confidence. The ‘Power of One’ Fellowship is a great opportunity to do all three in the company of fellow activists from communities across the USA.
Fellows will undertake two weeks of activities in the USA in May 2015, which will provide them with a springboard for helping to build skills and confidence among other active citizens after they return to Scotland.
Any local person in West Lothian who is working on social, economic or environmental justice has until 12 May to apply to become a Fellow at www.frededwardstrust.org.uk/fellowship.