Fife Migrants Forum

Charity registered in Scotland SC043053

FMF delivers its various services to support individuals to realise equal opportunity and equal treatment in accessing and benefiting from public service. Currently we operate projects that seek to address issues of isolation, discrimination, welfare rights, unemployment, and housing problems of migrants in Fife Council area. We also provide excellent opportunities for integration trough volunteering for individuals from all different ethnic minority backgrounds.

Current opportunities

We are looking for committed volunteers to be trained and work with Fife's international community, and to lead informal conversation cafe classes in a relaxed atmosphere. Conversation Cafes are a safe and relaxed place for people to learn English and to gain confidence using the language. You don't need a special qualification in teaching English to become our volunteer, as classes are very informal and are a great opportunity to meet other people and learn about their culture. Conversation Cafes are for people who are living in the UK but who do not speak English as a first language. These students are most commonly refugees and immigrants and need to learn the language in order to help them settle into UK society. Occasionally we will be inviting speakers from the NHS, Fife Council, Fife Cultural Trust and will welcome any suggestions from the group.

Last year the organisation supported and engaged with over 50 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 Forums a community-led and migrants' managed organisation, set up 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 to Fife, generally with limited command of English language. They 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 the migrant and minority communities into mainstream provision. We support both the person and the agency; offering language and cultural understanding, advocacy, and two -way interpretation of information and issues. Their work encompasses crisis preventative intervention and is increasingly concerned with assisting people, who are committed to stay, raise families and work in Fife to integrate within 'host' communities and become active and participative citizens.

Fife Migrants' Forum provides information, advice and support services for migrants and ethnic groups in Fife. the Forum is looking for a volunteer to cover reception for an indefinite period of time. Experience isn't required; however, you need to be outspoken, computer literate, confident, skilled in communication, and ablet o communicate fluently in English (a second language would be good but isn't essential). Your duties would be to welcome clients, book appointments, answer the phone, communicate with members of staff, provide basic help to clients with urgent needs, and to contact third parties. In exchange the Forum offer travel expenses, experience, references, and the opportunity of working within a magnificent team.