28 January 2019:
Fife Migrants Forum is starting a Walking Group for women from both Migrant and ‘Local’ communities in Fife, (Sole Sisters!) to be held in accessible though interesting local environs.
The Walking will last one hour and take place twice weekly to ensure that as many women as possible can participate, either twice weekly or at least once.
Encourage conversation will be central. There is a purpose to this other than the obvious effect of helping to reduce isolation, encourage social networking and cohesion, conversing in English can benefit migrants, offering the confidence to deal with everyday situations whilst assisting them to compete in the jobs market in the longer term.
‘Sole Sisters’, will assist improvement in physical and mental wellbeing including; help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and other chronic ailments, create better balance and stability, increases blood circulation, metabolism and burn calories. The mental wellbeing case for exercise is well founded; releasing endorphins assisting mood and motivation. In addition walking offers the opportunity to mix with others, sustain positive change and build social networks and through reciprocation build social capital.
14 January 2019:
NEW BOARD MEMBERS REQUIRED
The Fife Migrants Forum, Kirkcaldy are looking for three enthusiastic individuals, who want to develop one of Scotland’s most innovative organizations supporting migrant initiatives, by joining our Board of Trustees.
This is a rewarding and exciting opportunity to make a difference by providing opportunities for our diverse communities as well as a development opportunity for individuals wishing to gain knowledge and experience in strategic management, leadership, and governance.
Last year the organization supported and engaged with about 500 individuals from over 25 countries, and delivered sessions on Immigration, Job Search and CV writing, English language support, Active Mums, and working with those affected by uncertainties of the Brexit outcome.
Fife Migrants Forum is a community-led and migrants’ managed organization, set up in 2010, registered as a Scottish Charity in 2012. The agency was set up by members of migrant, ethnic minority and Fife communities to work with the growing numbers of new migrants coming into Fife, generally with limited command of the English language.
We work to integrate migrants and minority ethnic communities within Fife communities, assisting social cohesion through a range of projects and interventions. Through adopting a human rights approach, our work centers on addressing inequality, reducing poverty and deprivation and, critically, linking people who can be ‘hard to reach’, from migrant and minority communities into mainstream provision. We support both the person and agency; offering language and cultural understanding, advocacy and two-way interpretation of information and issues.
Our work encompasses crisis and preventative intervention and is increasingly concerned with assisting people, who are committed to staying, raise families and work in Fife to integrate within ‘host’ communities and become active and participative citizens.
An extract from the Organisation’s Purpose from our constitution:
- To relieve the poverty of migrants.
- The advancement of citizenship and integration.
- The relief of migrants, and supporting such people in crisis situations.
- The promotion of equality, diversity and racial harmony.
Our service activities include:
- Daily Advice & Information Clinics
- Weekly Job Club
- One-to-one Careers Advice
- Volunteer-run English Classes / Conversation Cafés in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, and Rosyth
- Weekly IT training
- Weekly collection point for The Kingdom Credit Union
- Outreach Clinics in Fife (Advice Hubs)
- Monthly Citizens Advice and Rights Fife Clinics
- Monthly Immigration Advice Surgery.
This is an exciting and dynamic time for us as an Organization and our Board of Trustees as we move into what potentially could be our busiest years ever.
We are interested in hearing from individuals, who share our vision of providing opportunities for our diverse communities. While no particular skills are required, an interest supporting vulnerable and marginalized groups would be useful and for two of the opportunities, we would like to hear from individuals with an accounting or financial background/Human Resources/Social Media.
We would very much welcome application from a member of the BME/migrant communities, women and young people.
The annual time commitment is approx. 4 -6 Board of Trustees meetings on Mondays 5 30 pm to 7 pm in Kirkcaldy, and 3 Development/Strategy/Training half days. Full training on the roles and responsibilities and governance will be provided to all the new board members.
For an informal chat please call Violeta Ilendo, Chairwoman, Fife Migrant Forum on mobile 07801 531 332
17 December 2018:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
20 November 2018:
Last night (Monday 19 November), we held our annual AGM at the Fife International Centre. It was a lively discussion on the organisation’s future, and we would like to thank everybody for their input. Stay tuned, for we have a very busy year ahead of us.
20 November 2018:
Jobs Faire: A Roaring Success!
On Friday 16 November, we held our first Jobs Faire, and it would not be an exaggeration to say that it was a roaring success. With more than 20 businesses and institutes joining us at the Postings Shopping Centre, we attracted some 450 visitors (although one Postings staff member claimed the footfall could have been as high as 8,000!). We also received very positive feedback from the businesses that attended. Thank you for all of those who joined us, we hope we have helped to create new job opportunities for you, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship with various businesses.
1 October 2018:
ANNOUNCEMENT OF CONVERSATIONAL CAFÉS
Please see our events page for more details.
1 October 2018:
ACTION DAY AT THE FIFE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
On Saturday, staff, board members and volunteers met to discuss the future direction of the organisation. It was a very productive session, and there will be loads to look forward to in the future. Exciting times ahead!
Keep up-to-date here and through Facebook in order to find out when we will be holding our next Action Day. Thanks to everybody who turned up on Saturday, we hope to see you all again soon!
1 October 2018:
Here is a snapshot of what we do at the Fife International Centre. Not only do we provide excellent opportunities for Fife’s migrant and refugee communities, but we also provide rewarding opportunities for volunteers. Get in contact to learn more.