The right climate for a ceilidh!

0411033 SSFF greener ceilidh 'L - R: Jim McWhinnei (Administrator), Lisa Farrell (Proj Co-Ordinator), Susan Horsman (Proj Officer) - advertising the Greener Kirkcaldy Fundraising Ceilidh at the Greener Kirkcaldy Office, High Street, Kirkcaldy
0411033 SSFF greener ceilidh 'L - R: Jim McWhinnei (Administrator), Lisa Farrell (Proj Co-Ordinator), Susan Horsman (Proj Officer) - advertising the Greener Kirkcaldy Fundraising Ceilidh at the Greener Kirkcaldy Office, High Street, Kirkcaldy
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A KIRKCALDY charity may be looking for new sources of income when its funding runs out in March.

Greener Kirkcaldy — the High Street-based environmental organisation, which encourages people to cut down on their carbon emissions while saving money on their fuel bills — could be facing an uncertain future when the Climate Challenge Fund is reviewed by the Scottish Government.

The fund has paid for similar groups across Scotland, but in March it could be scrapped.

And Greener Kirkcaldy, which opened its centre in May, is now appealing to other sources of funding, including local businesses, for help.

Busy shop

Project coordinator Lisa Farrell said that the centre, which employs seven staff, has had 1500 visitors since May.

She said: “We have a very big push on home insulation.

‘‘We give little energy saving tips that keep costs down and help cut down on fuel poverty. A lot of people in the area are quite low income and live in fuel inefficient properties.

“I think people focus a lot on fuel price rises, but people need to start thinking about conserving energy and being a little smarter.

‘‘Just switching lights off and switching to low energy light bulbs can make a huge difference.

“We also do a lot of outreach activities with tenants and residents associations and other organisations”

She added: “We do all these things and we don’t want to have to stop doing them. We want to keep raising people’s awareness.

“We’ve had some brilliant feedback and some really heartwarming stories. I have heard of a few people who have their whole heating systems completely replaced, and a lot of people have benefited from our offers.”

Finding funds

The centre is applying to the Climate Challenge Fund, but it is also looking for alternative sources.

Lisa said: “We’re putting applications in for other things and contacting businesses with carbon reduction programs for funding.”

The organisation, which also has eight local volunteers, has a number of events planned throughout February.

Lisa said: “Petrol is coming up in price so we’ve got an eco driving simulator, which is almost like a video game and helps you drive more fuel efficiently. We’re also having a session to help people give their bikes a bit of an overhaul to maintain them.”

The organisation is also trying to raise awareness by holding a fundraising ceilidh on February 5 at the St Bryce Centre. Tickets are £7/£5 concessions or £20 for a family ticket and are available by phoning 01592 858458 or online at www.info@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk.