Helping others in the community

Some of the Auchmuty volunteers with David Nelson and Avril Dulea
Some of the Auchmuty volunteers with David Nelson and Avril Dulea

A Glenrothes tenants group is once again digging deep to make sure residents do not go hungry during the winter months.

Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants and Residents Association has a long and distinguished history when it comes to supporting people, both locally and across the Glenrothes area.

We offer a discreet system of help and we can then monitor if people continue to need support in the future

David Nelson

Now it has called upon the good relationship it enjoys with one of the town’s supermarkets – Asda – to help complete the latest in a series of food parcel deliveries in the Auchmuty precinct.

And far from working in competition with the town’s foodbank initiative, David Nelson, from the tenants group, says its efforts, along with the similar distributions by churches and community groups, only go to complement the overall efforts made to keep families from going hungry in Glenrothes.

“Our service is very localised and is in response to residents filling in the form from our recent newsletter,” Mr Nelson told the Gazette.

He added: “People, for many reasons, sometimes don’t feel comfortable going to other organisations, or don’t come under their referral system.

“We offer a discreet system of help and we can then monitor if people continue to need support in the future.”

Avril Dulea from the Asda store in Glenrothes said: “We know the hard work David and his members do for the community and we are happy to support that by supplying some of the food for this latest initiative. We have supported the Auchmuty Tenants Association for a good few years now and will continue to do so.”

This week will see 75 food parcels distributed.

Foodbank fund request as demand shows no sign of slowing down

With demands on the Glenrothes Foodbank project showing no signs of slowing down, the organisation will learn today (Wednesday) if its request to Fife Council for £35,000 funding has been successful.

Glenrothes Area Committee will consider a proposal for the funds, which are to be used to employ a part time project co-ordinator for the next three years to oversee the organisation as it moves away from the supporting YMCA and gains charitable status.

In the period since the foodbank opened in December 2013, until February 2015, food has been given to 3320 people – 1046 of whom were children. Its busiest day to date saw 61 people administered with food in one day.