News

12 March 2019:
WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR YOU?

On 15 March, we will be holding an information day and question and answering session with a legal expert. They will provide information on:
1) What the EU settlement status scheme is.
2) When and how to register for this scheme.
We will also be providing Polish and Romanian interpreters.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact magdalena.augustyn@fifemigrantsforum.org.uk

Spaces are limited. 

******This event was made possible with the support of the European Commission representation in the UK, who provided free access to lawyers. The project was delivered by the Law Centres Network.*******

******This event has been organised with the assistance of a grant from the Scottish Government.*******

27 February 2019:
VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATOR

VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATOR

Background 

Fife Migrants Forum (FMF) is a registered Scottish charity serving as an information access point, primarily, but not exclusively, to members from migrant and ethnic minority communities in Fife. FMF provides the following services: multilingual advice and information service, advocacy and casework support, employability support, IT support and personal development opportunities. FMF also works in collaboration with mainstream service providers and other third sector organisations to provide tailored support to our clients. 

We have received funding to help develop our volunteer work. The successful person will manage our current team of volunteers as well as develop a plan for how the volunteer management role can be taken forward. This is a fixed term post due to the nature of the funding, there may be scope for the post being extended subject to successful funding bids which the post holder will be involved in formulating. 

 

Job Outline 

Co-ordinate Volunteers to enable community members to perform voluntary work for the Forum, this will involve; 

  • Providing on-going supervision of volunteers. 
  • Deliver coaching and mentoring to volunteers to develop their skills and confidence and increase their employability. 
  • Facilitate the engagement of service users in volunteering activities which are provided internally and externally particularly those individuals who experience barriers in attempting to access such opportunities. 
  • Record and monitor all referral to the project and maintain the project’s databases, ensuring that all records are accurately recorded. 
  • Be the main point of contact for the project and liaise with volunteers and service users and referring agencies with regard to overcoming language difficulties as a barrier to accessing mainstream advice agencies. 
  • Perform a link worker role for external relationships with Partner organisations and attend meetings as necessary. 
  • Develop and maintain effective links with relevant providers to make them accessible to clients’ opportunities for education, training and employment and work placement opportunities.  
  • Supervise the FMF Conversational Café hosts and ensure that a degree of consistency is maintained across them.
  • Also, ensure that attendance records are maintained accurately in all Cafes.
  • Develop a sustainability plan for the post.
  • Assist with the preparation of funding bids.
     

Person Specification  

 Essential 

  • Ability to work effectively with people who may have complex needs including language barriers.  
  • Ability to effectively facilitate an individual’s engagement and supporting them to sustain volunteering.  
  • Experience of coordinating and delivering opportunities for positive activity, learning, volunteering and work preparation. 
  • Experience of mentoring or coaching to individuals from migrant communities. 
  • Experience of networking and developing positive partnerships with other agencies. 
  • Awareness of positive outcomes for individuals and able to support them to achieve their full potential. 
  • Experience of recording, monitoring outcomes and providing written reports on project development, 
  • Ability to work in a demanding, high-pressure setting. 
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team. 
  • Ability to prioritise and manage workload effectively. 
  • Ability to display a commitment to non-discriminatory, non-judgemental, person-centred practice. 
  • Good work ethic, enthusiasm, sound communication and interpersonal skills commitment. 
  • Qualification at further/higher education level or relevant job experience or another relevant area.
  • Be prepared to workout with normal office hours. 
  • Be able to travel throughout Fife
  • Project development experience.

Desirable 

  • Experience of working with people from migrant communities and speaking one of the languages e.g. Polish, Russian, Romanian, Arabic or other languages.  
  • A fundamental understanding of the particular needs of people affected by being a member of migrant communities, access to mainstream services, social exclusion and barriers to employment 
  • Knowledge of relevant community and welfare advice, housing or employability resources in Fife.  
  • Foreign language skills.
  • Experience of drafting funding bids 

Education, Qualifications & Training  

  • High standard of education and/or relevant experience 

Skills and Competencies  

  • Be able to demonstrate;
  • Person-centred approach to dealing with people 
  • Respect and dignity 
  • Non-judgement 
  • Understand appropriate boundaries 
  • Be able to manage a caseload and be a key point of contact for clients 
  • Understand the range of issues facing migrants in Fife and/or Scotland 
  • The ability to discuss sensitive issues with a range of volunteers and provide options and choices that lead to positive solutions  
  • Ability to communicate and engage with a range of professionals and local agencies 
  • Understand the principles of confidentiality 

General Skills and Competencies  

  • Good oral and written communication skills 
  • Good time management and organisation skills 
  • Ability to cope with working within a pressurised and fast paced environment 
  • Ability to work both autonomously and within a team 
  • Ability to accurately complete forms and records 
  • IT literacy and competency 
  • Driving licence and access to a car (desirable).

The post holder may be required to undertake any other duties that fall within the nature of the role and responsibilities of the post as detailed above.

Work Location: Kirkcaldy
Hours: 21 hours per week
Post Status: Fixed 8 months contract from the start day
Closing date: 22 March 2019
Interview date: Week commencing 4 April 2019
Salary: £12.00 per hour

If you are interested in this position please send a C.V. with a short cover letter to our manager (Gary Guichan), Fife Migrants Forum, The Postings Shopping Centre Unit 4, KY1 1HN or by e-mail gary.guichan@fifemigrantsforum.org.uk

28 January 2019:
SOLE SISTERS


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

Email: Violeta.ilendo@fifemigrantsforum.org.uk

17 December 2018:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 

20 November 2018:
AGM MEETING

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:
NEW LEAFLET

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.