Based in Kirkcaldy, Fife Migrants Forum was set up in response to the growing number of migrants coming to work and settle across Fife. The charity provides information, advocacy, advice, social cohesion and integration activities, whilst also working with other agencies to influence policy development and campaigning. It supports local community groups, volunteering opportunities, two weekly women’s groups including one for Syrian women, advice clinics, IT provision, and job fairs. The Forum also runs six conversational cafes across the area – two in Kirkcaldy, two is Rosyth, and in Dunfermline and Glenrothes. Around 3,000 people per year benefit from the Forum’s work.
At the February 2020 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees awarded a two-year grant totalling £10,000 to the Forum. This funding will contribute towards the salary of the volunteer coordinator who recruits, trains and manages 130 volunteers currently. A further 20 volunteers over the coming year will be recruited to support outreach clients in parts of West and East Fife. Volunteers are key to the overall work of the organisation – they assist with delivering services, providing administration support, up-dating the website, delivering advice, promoting the organisation and running the conversation cafes.