Age Concern Glenrothes in link with theatre company

From left: Glenn McGill (GAMA), Martin Butler (GAMA President), Pearl Weepers (Age Concern Glenrothes), Julie Johnson (Age Concern Glenrothes), Fiona Mackay (Age Concern Glenrothes manager)

From left: Glenn McGill (GAMA), Martin Butler (GAMA President), Pearl Weepers (Age Concern Glenrothes), Julie Johnson (Age Concern Glenrothes), Fiona Mackay (Age Concern Glenrothes manager)

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A local amateur theatre company has announced it is teaming up with a Glenrothes charity organisation in a bid to help each other and to benefit the whole community.

In the lead up to Glenrothes Amateur Musical Association’s (GAMA) 50th anniversary celebrations which take place next year, the company is linking up with Age Concern Glenrothes (ACG) to form a working relationship between the two community assets.

Both organisations see the charitable partnership as a great step for the future.

Martin Butler, president of GAMA, told the Gazette: “We are very keen to promote the strengths of both organisations and help one another to continued success.

“We already support youngsters in the town and its surroundings through GAMA Youth where we give access to music, drama and social skills through our workshops and annual production.

“Now we aim to extend our support to older people by fundraising for Age Concern Glenrothes at our shows in Rothes Halls and by offering their members discounted group tickets to be part of our audience.

“We also hope to take music into some of the ACG meetings as well as to create a concert specifically for them.”

Fiona Mackay, manager of Age Concern Glenrothes in the town’s Scott Road, is delighted about the new arrangement.

She said: “This is a great development for us working with another local, but completely different charity partner.

“We are entirely focused on Glenrothes and its surrounding villages, so it’s fantastic to work with another group who have their roots in the community.

“Music is fundamentally important to the social aspect of our service, so as well as helping each other with fundraising and promotion, I’m sure we are going to have lots of fun along the way.”

Age Concern currently operates nine day centre sessions throughout Glenrothes and into Leslie, Markinch, Coaltown of Balgonie and Thornton, including the provision of transport and a nutritious meal.

Glenrothes Amateur Musical Association’s next production is the Broadway smash-hit ‘Mame’, which is being staged at Rothes Halls from September 30 to October 4.

And this will be the first production through which the musical association will begin fundraising for the elderly charity.

To find out more about GAMA visit www.gama-fife.co.uk and for more on the work of Age Concern Glenrothes see www.ageconcernglenrothes.org.