Community works programme aims to help more Fifers find jobs

Councillors, officials, partners and Fife community works squad at the official launch of the Community Works Programme. The launch took place at Lochore War Memorial to showcase a project delivered by the Fife Community Works Programme.
Councillors, officials, partners and Fife community works squad at the official launch of the Community Works Programme. The launch took place at Lochore War Memorial to showcase a project delivered by the Fife Community Works Programme.

A new project has been launched to support long-term unemployed Fifers and improve the look of areas throughout the Kingdom.

The Fife Community Works Programme has been set up to provide 730 people with placements on 90 environmental projects over the next two years which will help improve the environment of town centres and green spaces.

Councillor Lesley Laird, depute Fife Council leader and spokesperson for economy and planning, said: “The Council is offering a quick and easy way to spruce up local areas and are looking to work with our many partners to identify potential projects.

“The Council and its partners spend significant amounts of money each year improving our environment and we want to ensure we get the maximum amount of jobs and training from these projects.

“These opportunities will range from supporting volunteering programmes through to taking on apprentices as part of larger environmental projects.”

Fife Council is looking for projects like upgrading paths, developing and upgrading parks and allotments, environmental improvements such as tree planting, woodland management, tidying green spaces or erecting fencing.

Cllr Laird added: “Youth and long-term unemployment in Fife remain higher than average for Scotland. We need to ensure we have a range of ways that offer support for people to develop skills that will prepare them for the working world.

“This is an ambitious project that has the potential to make real improvements in lots of people’s lives and the local communities in which they live.”

Councillor Tony Martin, chair of Opportunities Fife and the Council’s Youth Ambassador, added: “It’s important we look at new and innovative ways to help as many Fifers as possible find their way into work. I’m looking forward to hearing how this exciting project progresses.”

Any organisation with a potential project for the community works team or wanting further information should contact Stewart Christie, Fife Community Works programme manager, or Dot Smith, Fife Community Works programme co-ordinator, at stewart.christie@fife.gov.uk or dorothy.smith@fife.gov.uk