Known as FOSS, this charity aims to help New Scots integrate into Falkirk and remove barriers to accessing service. It is a befriending charity, working with any newcomers to the area, in the majority supporting resettled refugees and people in the asylum system. FOSS is based in Falkirk in the Forth Valley.

In February 2023, Allen Lane has agreed funding of £4,000 per annum for two years towards the salary of the part-time project manager. This role works on projects specifically with asylum seekers who have been placed in a hotel in Falkirk and have little other community support. The project manager organises weekly ESOL sessions, and group support. They will also start up and progress new projects including a public transport voucher scheme, volunteer-led walks games and activity sessions, and befriending. Aims of the position are to increase the efficiency of the charity, to help more asylum seekers learn and improve their English, to help them take advantage of education and prepare for employment, and to help them form local relationships and networks.

www.fossfalkirk.org.uk