Fife Council are to commit £20,000 to the development of the Kingdom’s first LGBT+ Centre in Kirkcaldy.
Announcing the support, which comes from two separate funding streams, LGBT+ charity Pink Saltire said they were “delighted” with the news.
The charity took over the former Goldbergs store just off the High Street in Kirkcaldy back in August 2020 and have been fundraising for the refit since. In the first phase of development, the charity hope to open a new cafe with outdoor seating area, lending library, community pantry, exhibition space, recording studios and offices to deliver services for LGBT+ people and the wider community.
£10,000 is to be invested from the Kirkcaldy Area Local Community Planning Budget, with a further £10,000 coming from the Town Centre Building Improvement Fund. The funds will be used to redevelop the shop unit, which extends to nearly 5,000 sq ft on each of its two levels.
Cllr Neil Crooks, Convener of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee welcomed the development, adding:
“With a long-standing lack of services for LGBT+ people in Fife, many have had to look further afield for support. It’s important that we invest in locally-run services because we don’t want people to feel that their only option is to move away to a city to seek an inclusive society. Establishing Fife Pride in 2017 was a significant milestone in Fife’s progress and I’m sure the opening of The Hive will be another of those milestones.”
A key element of the ambitious plan to launch ‘The Hive – Fife’s LGBT+ Centre’ is a rent-a-desk space, which the charity hopes will provide locals with an alternative to working from their kitchens or spare rooms!
Charity founder, Stuart Duffy, said:
“We are really pleased we can announce this news, putting the final funding elements in place for Phase 1 of the development. There’s been a great deal of excitement and interest in the building and I know lots of people are keen to visit and start using The Hive – we cant wait to welcome you in!”
“This venue will offer LGBT+ people in Fife a safe space to deliver and access services, to develop their creativity or just to meet mates for a coffee and some cake! It offers a marginalised community the chance to have a dedicated space to support people into work or to launch their own businesses or groups. With Phase 1 coming to an end, we’ll be able to finally open the doors and from there it’s over to the community to make good use of the space as we take another step forward in improving the lives of LGBT+ folk in Fife.”
“Although timescales have slipped back while we waited on funding decisions, we’re hopeful that the final elements of work can be completed shortly, meaning we could be open in weeks. Keep your eyes peeled on social media for more information on the final date!”