Community group tames the dragons

Coalfields Dragons Den Chairman Nicky Wilson and Shirley Faichney of Methilhill Community Childrens Initiative. MCCI was awarded �2900 after taking part in the CRT 'Dragons Den' competition.
Coalfields Dragons Den Chairman Nicky Wilson and Shirley Faichney of Methilhill Community Childrens Initiative. MCCI was awarded �2900 after taking part in the CRT 'Dragons Den' competition.
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Methihill Community Children’s Initiative has been awarded nearly £3000 after taking on the ‘Dragons’ from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

The group, which provides nursery provision, youth clubs, ecology projects and volunteering opportunities for young peopole, won over a judging panel in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition with its ambitious plans to link up with their local primary school, and neighbouring food bank.

As overall winners in the competition, which was organised by the Trust to mark ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’, MCCI has now received £2900 to build a new changing and storage building.

Shirley Faichney of MCCI said: “This award will make a huge difference, as all our indoor programmes are delivered in one space which currently gets totally cluttered with children’s waterproofs, boots and volunteers’ personal protective clothing.

“We cater for around 250 children a week but we are just about to link up with Methilhill Primary School and, early next year, we will begin working with Levenmouth Food Bank to promote food self-sufficiency, so we will need every inch of space we can get.”

Nicky Wilson, Scottish trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust – who was one of the dragons alongside Margaret Mary Rafferty, chief executive of Ceteris, and John McManus, director of MCM Associates, said: “We were really impressed with this project.

“It is currently delivering really good programmes but wants to take its involvement in the community to the next level”.