Kirkcaldy’s large Polish community can keep up to date with all the latest news and developments in the town and further afield with a new radio programme which starts today (Thursday).
The show will be presented on the town’s new community radio station K107fm by Katarzyna Jajszczok, known locally as Kate, a Polish woman now living and working in Kirkcaldy.
Since she arrived in the town at the start of last year, Kate (50), who formerly worked as a journalist and art curator in Poland, has helped boost the town’s culture with art and photography exhibitions in local venues.
With a background in radio journalism, she was the ideal candidate to host a programme catering for the Polish population which, in Fife, is estimated at around 5000.
And it is a challenge she is really looking forward to.
“I am going to be organising everything for the programme, from its content and music to the guests who will appear and the issues we want to cover.
“With the new radio station starting up I thought it was the ideal chance for Kirkcaldy’s strong Polish community to be more visible, and we held some meetings about a month ago to discuss the opportunity for a radio show.”
The show will take place weekly on Thursdays from 6.00-8.00 p.m. and will feature news, advice, topical discussions and leisure features, including a Scottish versus Polish food feature, with input from local chefs.
“I want to show Polish people in the town what Scotland has to offer them and how they can become a part of their local community by giving advice on things like setting up a business, career opportunities, learning opportunities and things like that.
“We will have regular input from the Polish Club, which is a big part of the town, and I also plan to have discussions with people like the director of the Polish Institute in London on what is going on UK wide which could affect or interest the Polish community.
“There will be advice on things like stress, loneliness and settling in a new country from a therapist I know in Edinburgh, and there will also be cultural topics too.
“People will be invited to phone in with their views on topics and I will have guests in the studio too.
“I am really looking forward to the show and I hope Polish people in Kirkcaldy will join in.”