Burntisland prepares to welcome kinship caring families

Cllr Susan Leslie (right) with Lang Toun kinship carers and chidlren at Burntisland fairground with members of the Showmans Guild which is helping to sponsor the big family day event. Pic: FPA
Cllr Susan Leslie (right) with Lang Toun kinship carers and chidlren at Burntisland fairground with members of the Showmans Guild which is helping to sponsor the big family day event. Pic: FPA

Burntisland is preparing to play host to over 350 kinship carers and their families in the first ever Kinship Gathering in Scotland later this month.

The huge event, organised by the recently-formed Langtoun Kinship Carers group, has invited families from all over the country to the town for a day out by the seaside.

Groups from as far afield as Inverness to the Borders will converge on the town on June 27, with lots of local businesses rallying round to ensure a great time is had by all.

Kinship carers are relatives or friends who look after children who, for whatever reason, cannot live with their parents.

On arrival the families will meet for registration at the Young Hall, where they will collect a map of the town, with many of the main attractions highlighted; a programme of events taking place throughout the day; special wristbands which will entitle them to discounts at the Burntisland fairground and other attractions; and a snack bag with food and drinks.

The event is being sponsored by three local Rotary Clubs as well as the Showmen’s Guild and Fife Council.

Jean Paxton of the Langtoun Kinship Carers said: “We are very excited to host this first event which will give members a fun, inexpensive day out and the chance to meet with others in a similar situation to themselves.”