Overview of Frae Fife
FRAE Fife was established in 1999 as a Social Inclusion Partnership. When SIP funding ended FRAE Fife was able to continue its activities with 3 year funding from the Community Regeneration Fund, a funding stream which came to an end in April 2008. Since that time FRAE Fife has been supported by transitional funding from the equalities funding strand of ‘Fairer Fife’. Transitional funding was allocated for 1 year (to March 2009) with the clear understanding that the organisation works towards a more sustainable future which is less dependent on a single funding stream.
FRAE Fife vision statement, mission, and aims are as follows:
The vision of FRAE (Fairness, Race Awareness, and Equality) Fife is for a Fife that is free of racism and all other forms of discrimination.
Our mission is to contribute to the development of a Fife where diversity and equality is acknowledged and respected, with active and engaged Minority Ethnic communities, promoting and reflecting a vibrant multicultural society, where all individuals and organisations play their part.
2.1 To empower and facilitate the development of skills within the Minority Ethnic communities.
2.2 To raise awareness and understanding amongst Minority Ethnic communities of their rights and responsibilities as residents of Fife;
2.3 To encourage and support the participation of Minority Ethnic communities in the design, delivery, and review of public and voluntary sector services
2.4 To influence and monitor the development of policy and service delivery to meet the needs and address the issues of the BME communities, in accordance with race relations and equalities legislation.
2.5 To promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different ethnic and religious groups, including the indigenous population, living in Fife and beyond.
FRAE Fife is governed by a Board of Directors, of which there are currently ten. This first Board of Directors was appointed by the Steering Group through a careful recruitment and selection process, supported by Avanté Consulting and CVS Fife. Membership includes five members of the former FRAE Fife Partnership, and five newly-appointed Directors.
This new Board brings to the organisation a wide range of skills, knowledge, and experience. It comprises individuals who are already well-connected within their own minority ethnic communities, others who have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the statutory and voluntary sectors, and those who are experienced politicians, at local and at national levels. At the same time, several of the directors bring professional expertise as former and current business people, with experience of strategic planning, marketing, and finance. The majority of directors have direct experience of serving on Boards and Management Committees within the voluntary sector, and are well-informed about company and charity law.
In essence, the Board fulfils all necessary legal functions and is well-placed to meet its governance and strategic planning responsibilities. As with all small governing bodies there may be areas where currently, specific skills and experience are lacking, but on the whole the Board represents the communities it seeks to serve, and Directors will be effective advocates for the organisation.
The current Board consists of:-
- Dr. Samuel Asamoah
- Dr. M. H. Beg
- Mr. Bill Mair
- Mr. Adnan Miyasar
- Mr. Ajaz Mohammed
- Ms. Loretta Mordi
- Mr. George Proudfoot
- Mr. Nabil Ramzy