Fife charity launches shop in Kirkcaldy

Staff inside the new shop. PIC: FPA
Staff inside the new shop. PIC: FPA

A Fife charitable company is launching a new shop in Kirkcaldy High Street to help ensure the continuation of its services to support elderly housebound and disabled adults in the community.

Fife Shopping and Support Services is opening the shop at 241 High Street, opposite Wilkie’s, on September 1.

Lynne Ogilvie, director, hopes the move will boost the charity’s coffers and safeguard the firm’s future.

Fife Shopping and Support Services was founded following the closure of Fife Council’s shopping delivery service in September 2010.

It provides assistance to vulnerable elderly people and adults who are unable to carry out daily living activities and tasks.

This includes help with shopping, pension collection and housework. Any surplus profits made are used to develop the service and keep charges low.

Lynne told The Press she hopes the shop will generate an income to support the work of the company, which is now based in Collydean Cottage in Glenrothes: “We did start doing a charity shop in the cottage but we didn’t have enough space and soon found ourselves overwhelmed with donations.

“So I thought it would be good to find a shop we could run in addition to the cottage with the money being generated back into the charity.

“I saw the premises in Kirkcaldy High Street and thought it was ideal.”

The shop will offer second-hand clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac, books, children’s toys and Lynne said they are looking for more donations.

“People can either hand them in or phone the shop and someone will collect them.”

Lynne said they have also been working with the Job Centre offering placements to young people in the shop, giving them experience of the retail trade, which has been successful.

She added: “We have been running for four years now and we are always looking at ways to develop the company.

“We are looking forward the challenges ahead.”

Fife shopping and support services

The company was originally based in Mitchelston Industrial Estate in Kirkcaldy until it moved to new premises at Collydean Cottage in Glenrothes two years ago.

The new shop will be open from Monday to Saturday 9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m.

People are invited to hand in donations or contact the shop on (01592) 261470 to have them picked up.

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