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Afghan Refugee Crisis

Last udpated: 24 September 2021, 09:56
  • Fife Voluntary Action is working with our public sector partners, other third sector organisations and the people of Fife to welcome and support Afghan refugees looking to settle here in Fife.

    We are currently supporting the Afghan refugees who have arrived here in Fife, and thanks to the generosity of Fifers, we've been able to provide lots of clothes, toys, toiletries and more from the donations we've received.

    We have received thousands of bags of donations, so we can now only accept certain donations (see the list below)! We're now asking the generous people of Fife who wish to help address this humanitarian crisis consider donating money rather than clothes and goods.

    How to Donate Money

    Please donate whatever amount of money you can manage via the Crowdfunder website, which is easy to use. The closing date for the fundraising campaign is 22 October. We've raised an incredible 12,000 (plus some Gift Aid contributions) and we're hoping to reach 20,000 by the closing date.

    If you're having trouble with the Crowdfunder website, simply call us on 0800 389 6046 with your card details and we will process your donation over the phone.

    How to Donate Goods

    You can still donate certain items - due to the overwhelming generosity of the people of Fife, we have been inundated and now only need certain items:
      • New underwear for children (boys and girls) ;
      • Clothes for teenagers (boys and girls) ;
      • Toys and books for children of all ages;
      • Sandals (all sizes);
      • Any amount of money that you can afford - click here to donate;
      • Your time - we could do with some help to sort through the bags of donations we already have! Please call us on 0800 389 6046 to offer a few hours of your time if you can.

    We will update this list as circumstances change and based on the needs of our new Afghan neighbours as they arrive.

    Please do not donate any more clothes for younger children - we've got lots already!

    Part of a business or organisation?
    We are collecting the items in our offices in Glenrothes and so we'd encourage you to try to get them to us, or to a collection point from the list below. Please do not donate items that are not on the list above - we will really struggle to make use of them. We will ensure that we keep the above list updated and as accurate as possible. Due to the thousands of bags we've had donated, we are encouraging people to donate money instead - this will allow us to purchase anything that's urgently needed that hasn't been donated. To donate items, you can drop them off at the following locations in Fife:
      • Glenrothes - FVA offices at Caledonia House, Saltire Centre, KY6 2AL (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm);
      • Kirkcaldy - FVA offices at New Volunteer House, East Fergus Place, KY1 1XT (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm);
      • Cupar - Howe of Fife Rugby Club, Duffus Park, KY15 5HY (Mon to Fri 10-2pm, Tue & Thu 7-8pm);
      • St. Andrews - NE Fife Communtiy Hub, St David's Building, Albany Park, KY16 8BP (Mon - Fri, 9am-2pm)

    How to Donate Your Time (Volunteer!)

    Right now, we have two particular requirements:
    1. We'd like to hear from people who speak Dari and/or Pashto, and
    2. People who can come to Glenrothes and sort through the many thousands of items that have been donated.

    If you'd like to help, please call us on 0800 389 6046. As this changes, and we need volunteers for other roles, we will update this page.

This page was last updated on 24 September 2021.
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Thank you

Fifers have a long and proud tradition of being welcoming and helping fellow citizens, no matter what crisis they face. Desperate families fleeing Afghanistan without their personal possessions will need a lot of support and we're working together in Fife to do what we can.
Kenny Murphy, CEO, FVA.

Our work continues with local and national partners to make sure Fife can help Afghan refugees as they arrive in the country. We want to thank everyone who's expressed support and offered to help, or donate things, since we confirmed this work was underway.
Fife Council Co-Leaders, Cllr David Alexander and Cllr David Ross.

As ever, Fifers are showing their generosity and welcoming community spirit. Together we will be able to help families that have lost their own homes and communities, to restart their lives.
First, we need to gather the right things to meet these families' initial needs, in a manageable way. Fife Voluntary Action will coordinate donations and signpost people to other ways you can help.

Cllr Judy Hamilton, Convener, Community & Housing, Fife Council.

Concerned about somebody?

  • UK Gov - Support for British and non-British nationals in Afghanistan

  • For questions or concerns about a British national call 01908 516666

  • for information about an Afghan national being helped through the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (those who worked alongside UK Armed Forces) call 0247 538 9980

  • for additional advice and support see the Scottish Refugee Council website or call them on 0808 196 7274

  • At the moment, there's no way to enquire about Afghan nationals who may be assisted through the new Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme