A KIRKCALDY-based charity designed to provide information and support for women in the Kingdom has been given a major cash injection.
Fife Women, which was founded in 1997 by a group of local women in the town, has been given more than £90,000 from the Scottish Government’s Enterprise Growth Fund, which will pay for two new staff jobs for the company and a van.
The cash is a welcome boost for the charity which re-opened social enterprise Room2 in the east end of the High Street in October last year. Room2 resells donated furniture and electrical goods.
The group’s new social enterprise, Radical Rubbish, is also expected to benefit from the money as it will be able to provide improved training and more places to young people aged 16 to 24, as well as people who struggle to get into employment.
Avril Crossley, charity director, said: “We were absolutely delighted to hear our bid had been successful and are really looking forward to bringing our plans to fruition over the next 12 months.
“This investment is allowing us to grow at the right time. The aims of the fund are about growth and enterprising activities, this is exactly what we are going to be doing over the next year.
“Kirkcaldy’s unemployment figures are among the highest in Scotland. At Room2, getting people back to work is one of our priorities.”
Mrs Crossley said the charity has been able to survive mainly without grant funding for the past three years, but hopes the Government funding will allow the creation of more employment posts next year.
“Room2 will immediately benefit from the appointment of a store manager who has over 20 years’ experience in the retail sector.
“Retail training will be specific and more generic which will assist our trainees in securing sustainable employment by improving their CV, while improved sales for the store means a more sustainable social enterprise which retains employment and freeing up directors time to develop other parts of the business.”
Room2 and Radical Rubbish are looking for more volunteers to get involved.
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