Drop in on new community project

From left, Malvine French, Liz McFadyen, Kenny Stewart, Vicki Stewart, and Julie Clerkin
From left, Malvine French, Liz McFadyen, Kenny Stewart, Vicki Stewart, and Julie Clerkin
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Kirkcaldy will soon have a free weekly drop in centre - and the couple organising it can’t wait to get started.

Vicki and Kenny Stewart will hold the first drop in on Saturday, January 5 between 11.00a.m. and noon at Overton Mains Commnunity Centre.

Vicki, a technician with Fife Council, said the idea started when her husband, an accounting student, said he’d like to volunteer in some way.

She said: “He said he’d like to do some volunteering and I’ve done quite a bit in the past.

“I don’t really know where the idea for a drop in came from, I just thought ‘that’s what I want to do’.”

They have already organised a huge car boot sale, taking place this Saturday in the community centre between 11.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m., to raise funds for the drop in.

“It seems to be happening quite quickly!” said Vicki.

“It’s just getting bigger and bigger.

“We’re hoping to raise about £500, to buy tea, coffee and juce for the year.

Open to all

‘‘We want to provide easy to prepare, non-cooked food, like toast and biscuits too.”

There will also be a beauty stall, cake stall, silent auction and maybe even a visit from Santa at the event this weekend.

When the drop in starts next month, Vicki hopes to reach out to a variety of people, and wants to encourage all ages to come along.

She said: “I’d like to help out people who are sleeping rough, but we don’t want to limit it to any one group of people.

“I would love to see teenagers mixed in with pensioners just chatting away, because I don’t think there’s enough of that anymore to be honest.”

Support

The pair, who have also saught advice from local charity Frontline, will be aided by at least three volunteers.

Vicki said she has been surprised at how willing people have been: “I’ve been quite surprised at the amount of people who have approached me and offered to come in and help, and people who have donated things too.”

Vicki is still looking for donations for the drop in, including blankets and warm clothing.

>> More information can be found on Facebook by searching ‘Kirkcaldy Drop in Centre’, or you can go along to the car boot sale this Saturday for a chat.