FULL STEAM AHEAD AS PLANNERS GIVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO AN LGBT CENTRE FOR FIFE

A dedicated LGBT centre for Fife came another step closer last week with the news that Fife Council has now given planning consent for the building in the centre of Kirkcaldy.

The charity behind the ambitious plan say they are now going “full steam ahead” to bring this new development to the town, as they launch a fundraising appeal and the branding for the Centre – now known as The Hive LGBT Centre.

The new public space will have a cafe, recording studios, meeting rooms for community use, hot desks for hire and an exhibition space in the first phase of works.

Stuart Duffy, Founder of Pink Saltire, said:

“We are really excited to launch this final phase of our plans. It’s been a long journey since we took the keys back in July 2020, made even more difficult during the pandemic as trades have been so difficult to get a hold of, but we’re determined to get the doors open this summer!”

“We’re hoping the community will support us raise the money needed to get things finished – we’ve already raised more than £50,000 to help make this first phase a welcoming, safe space in Fife for LGBT+ people. We’ve had support from The National Lottery Community Fund, Fife Charities Trust and our landlord has also made a contribution to the fundraising – now it’s the final big push!”

The Hive will occupy the former Goldbergs department store in Kirkcaldy, just off the High Street. The building has been empty for several years but the charity are giving it a new lease of life, with new toilets, offices and storage being added to the ground floor.

With almost 10,000 square feet spread over two floors, it’s a prime space with lots of potential for growth as new services and activity are launched for the Fife community.

Two community organisations have already signed up as residents too, with Transgender Fife and Scene Alba Magazine now based at the facility on Whytescauseway. It’s hoped the building will act as a base for a number of community services and programmes, as well as offering a focus during the successful Fife Pride event each year.

Images showing some of the refurbishment works on the ground floor

Stuart added:

“We know people are excited about the new Centre opening – we’ve had loads of enquiries about using the space already, which is fantastic! There’s loads of ways to get involved, whether its doing a sponsored run or cycle, having a school bake sale, maybe hosting a quiz or just rattling a collecting tin. This is a community space and so it takes a whole community to make it successful.”

If you or your business or organisation wants to sponsor The Hive, whether with a cash donation or with in-kind services or raffle prizes, please get in touch with stuart@pinksaltire.com who will arrange to discuss some of the options available.

You can now follow The Hive – Fife’s LGBT Centre on Facebook for all the latest news as the Centre prepares for opening this summer.

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