Transatlantic Fellowship for Scottish citizens application deadline extended to 9 June

The Fred Edwards Trust has launched a new Transatlantic Fellowship in partnership with the Scottish Community Development Centre and the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee, USA.

Titled '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 - as well as those who can inspire others and promote active citizenship, especially within areas of high deprivation.

As part of this fellowship, individuals will take part in a two week long programme of activities at the Highlander Center, an organisation with a long history of supporting social change, including the American Civil Rights movement. Two Fellows will take part in Highlander Center’s annual week of activities for community organisers followed by a week of their own local study visits. After returning to Scotland, Fellows will contribute to a series of citizen leadership workshops and contribute to issue-based round table events for senior decision-makers.

SCDC will work to support both the Trust and the individual Fellows, using its expertise in community development approaches and practice to provide practical advice throughout the programme.

Launching ‘The Power of One’, Sandy Cameron, Chair of the Fred Edwards Trust said:

"The Trust has developed the idea of a Fellowship as the best way of promoting its objectives through supporting the development of individuals who have the potential to make a real difference in their communities and in Scotland more widely."

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."

Highlander’s Director, Pam McMichael said:

“We are thrilled to be working with our Scottish partners on the ‘Power of One’ Fellowship and are looking forward to coming to Edinburgh in August to help select the first two Fred Edwards Trust Fellows."

Any Scottish-based active citizen working on social, economic or environmental justice has until 9th June 2014 to apply to become a Fellow (http://frededwardstrust.org.uk/fellowship). They will receive financial and practical support throughout their Fellowship from the Fred Edwards Trust and will be able to draw on the practical expertise of the Scottish Community Development Centre both before and after attending Highlander.

 For more information visit http://frededwardstrust.org.uk.