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Scotland Russia Forum

28th January 2006

Dear All

Received from Scotland Russia Forum

Best wishes
Ute

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT RUSSIA TRAVEL (Edinburgh office)

Russian speaking Travel Administrator / Salary Depend on experience

Russian speaker with work permit or residence in UK

Previous experience in the travel company in advantage, but not essential as full training will be given

Communication skills

Excellent knowledge of English – proficiency level

Excellent computer literate

Ability to work under stress

Attention to details/ focused

Preferably Graduated in tourism, economic or marketing/management

This job is with prospective to the Manager position

Contact: Oxana Rogovets, Centre Director

RUSSIA TRAVEL UK Ltd

103 St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh EH8 9QY

Tel: + 44(0) 8700 425 735 Tel: + 44(0) 8700 425 737

Fax: + 44(0) 8700 425 736

e-mail: [removed]

3B Wellington Terrace, Bayswater Road, London W2 4LW

Tel: +44 (0) 8700 425 732 Fax: +44(0) 8700 425 733

e-mail: [removed]

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APPEAL FOR BOOKS

Vadim Golubev, formerly at Edinburgh University, is now Head of the Department of
Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Journalism, St Petersburg State
University. He has written to ask for help building up the library:

“…if anyone has any books about journalists and journalism, textbooks in English for journalists or simply journalism textbooks please donate them to us. Old or new it doesn't matter. We will find all of them some use because students have to take their English for Specific Purposes exams (in our case ESP is Journalistic English), and therefore they have to revise for them by reading specialist books. Textbooks on English for Journalists could be a treasure! Public Relations or advertising, anything will do.”

If you can help please contact me in the first instance: 0131 662 9149 / [removed]

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SUPPORT NEEDED FOR VISIT TO SCOTLAND BY DOWNS SYNDROME FAMILIES: message from a SRF member:

“…over the last three years I was involved in a programme sponsored by British Council to support children with disabilities into mainstream school in the city of Samara in Russia. I was working with colleagues from West Lothian Council and despite many difficulties we were able to make an impact and were encouraged to see attitudes change and some children with disabilities attend kindergarten and to hear of much more inclusive plans for the future. One of our biggest achievements was to establish two organisations for parents of children with disabilities to support them in the care of their children and to inform them of their children's rights to have an education. These organisations are continuing to press for changes in the education systems and to support parents and children in their plans to get children with disabilities into school, rather than being sent to institutions.

Since the British Council programme finished in March 2005 we have been offering informal support to these organisations. The group of parents with physical disabilities have been incorporated within an existing NGO which works with adults with disability which has been very supportive. In contrast the group of parents of children with Down's Syndrome are more vulnerable and despite being very capable they are facing a much greater degree of prejudice and isolation.

West Lothian Council are considering offering an invitation to the group of parents for Down's Syndrome children to visit Scotland to see how children are able to grow and develop within their own families and to attend their local schools. This would be a marvellous opportunity for these parents and would give them much greater confidence and conviction that their dreams for their children could be realised. Plans are still at an early stage but I am contacting you to ask if the Scotland Russia Forum have any members who may be interested in supporting such a visit.

The most valuable kind of support that we require is finance, as this work is no longer funded by British Council. However if any members know of other people, agencies or programmes who may be interested in helping open up opportunities for children and supporting this work I would really appreciate them contacting me at [removed]. or by phone at 0131 553 2757. All offers of support would be welcomed.

I am happy for you to circulate this e mail to other members of the Forum.

Many thanks,

Mary McKenna

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