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About 'Forth Valley Welcome'

Forth Valley Welcome originated in Stirling as Stirling Citizens for Sanctuary but, from the beginning, we anticipated actively support Syrian Refugees who have been re-settled in Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire and being in close contact with other Refugee Support groups throughout the Forth Valley as well as being involved at national level. We changed our name at the end of March 2018 to reflect the facts. Only the name has changed. Our Constitution, Charity number etc. remain the same.


 Our Vision

We are welcoming to people seeking sanctuary and support them towards a settled future within our communities.

 Our Mission:

To enable families to be welcomed and build their own networks and to become integrated within our communities.

To work in partnership with stakeholders to provide support towards education, language learning and employment.

To advocate on behalf of people seeking sanctuary for provision of comprehensive local and national services that meet their needs.

 Our Values:

Compassion: We show concern for the sufferings and misfortunes of others.

Integrity: We believe in the importance of being honest, truthful and consistent in all our activities.

Respect: We show due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.

Inclusion: We actively seek to welcome and include those of diverse beliefs and backgrounds.

Fairness: We strive to be impartial in our actions and deliver services without favouritism or discrimination.

Co-ordinating team
Board of Trustees (Office-bearers)
Abby Moriarty
Alan Howes
Donald Black (Secretary)
Hugh Grant (Treasurer)
Jean Evans
Rev. Sang Cha
Savi Maharaj (Chair)

Rebecca Dadge (Volunteer Project Coordinator)
Avril Hunter (Clacks Support Worker)

Advisors to the Board
Amjad Ullah
Dan Gunn
Jacqui Howes
Lesley Taylor
Susan Mitchell

Operational Team Leaders
Home Visiting (Rebecca Dadge, Avril Hunter)
Life & Language Skills (Jean Evans)
Material Needs (Abby Moriarty)
Events & Fund-raising (Hugh Grant)
External Affairs (Alan Howes)
Snack & Chat (Avril Hunter)


The United Nations has indicated that more than 300,000 vulnerable refugees (see note1) displaced by war from Syria and Iraq need to be resettled in other countries. At the hustings meeting in the Albert Halls, Stirling, on 24th April 2015, all three of the Stirling District councillors seeking to become our MP (see note 2), namely Steven Paterson (now MP for Stirling, SNP), Johanna Boyd (Council Leader, Labour) and Mark Ruskell (Green) expressed the view that Stirling should be resettling such refugees from Syria (see note 3). Listen to their statements here. More information here.

(1) Survivors of torture and violence, and women and children at risk or in need of medical care 
(2) The other two candidates (Stephen Kerr, Conservative) and Elisabeth Wilson (LibDem) indicated that they were of like mind.
(3) Using the funding already available from the UK Government and the EU

Donald Black,
Jul 16, 2019, 1:55 PM
Donald Black,
Jun 11, 2019, 3:31 AM
Donald Black,
Mar 20, 2016, 12:18 PM
Donald Black,
Mar 20, 2016, 12:27 PM