Charity’s £1m windfall will benefit families

Manager Rhona Cunningham (left) celebrates with board member Elaine Cassels at Gingerbread.
Manager Rhona Cunningham (left) celebrates with board member Elaine Cassels at Gingerbread.
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STRUGGLING families in Levenmouth will be given extra support after a charity won nearly £1m in funding.

The Fife Gingerbread organisation, based at Arden House, has made its name offering help to single parent families experiencing difficulties.

The group was “delighted” to learn this week that an application to the Big Lottery Fund’s Improving Futures programme had been approved to the tune of £896,717.

Joanna Lee from the group said that it, along with partners including Barnardos, Adam Smith College, Volunteering Fife and the Fife Family and Community Support Team, will spread existing work with single parent families further, to help all families experiencing tough times through its Gateway project.

Ms Lee said: “A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes into the application.

“We’re just relieved to get it because it can now allow us to really focus on stopping families getting to the point of crisis and giving them the best start.

The group currently helps single parent families through a range of emotional and practical support systems which can be carried out as part of a group, one-to-one or at home.

The funding boost has been heralded by area MSP Tricia Marwick, who said around 500 families in Fife could benefit.

Mrs Marwick said: “The Gateway project sounds like it will be a most valuable initiative and it has the potential to make a huge difference to the lives of so many families in the Levenmouth area.

“I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Fife Gingerbread and have visited the team on many occasions.”

Pictured are manager Rhona Cunningham with board member Elaine Cassels