Efforts to create one of Scotland’s only dedicated LGBT hubs have received a cash boost from The National Lottery Community Fund.
A grant for £8,275 will help Pink Saltire to create a new inclusive centre for the LGBT+ community in Fife, located in Kirkcaldy town centre.
The funding will allow the charity to make some internal changes to the former K2 Textiles building, which is in a prominent corner position on Hill Street and Whytescauseway, just yards from the High Street.
Charity Founder, Stuart Duffy, said:
“We’re really pleased that The National Lottery Community Fund has chosen to invest in our work here in Fife and in this new and ambitious project. With almost 10,000 square feet in the heart of the town, with the bus station right next door and lots of passing trade, we’re in a prime location to make a success of this new centre.”
The charity have also secured a grant of £1,000 from Fife Charities Trust, taking the total raised to almost £10,000 for the venue.
As well as being the new base for Pink Saltire, the charity hope to create an open and welcoming space for the whole community, including a cafe, shop, community-use meetings rooms and spaces, and a new queer enterprise hub. The building will also house exhibitions and performances to create a permanent base for LGBT+ people in Fife.
“This will be a space we hope LGBT+ people will feel comfortable in and somewhere to call our own. People have doubted us in the past – said that ‘we don’t need LGBT groups here’ and we’ve proven them wrong. They said we couldn’t have a Pride event here in Fife, that it wouldn’t work and nobody would come, yet with community partners we made it happen. So I’m sure there are still people who doubt this new centre will work, but my message is simple – we’ll succeed here too.”
The charity have their eyes set firmly on local action in Perthshire too, with a new study underway into the feasibility of a dedicated LGBT centre in that region, supported with funding from Perth & Kinross Council. The study will seek views from groups such as Perthshire Pride, Perth Parrots Floorball Team and LGBT Youth Scotland’s GLOW youth group. For more information on the Perthshire hub, you can email Matt Wester: email@example.com