Dozens of parents and children from across Levenmouth came together to celebrate the final session of a successful summer programme last week.
The Commonwealth-themed event, held at Methil’s Savoy Centre, marked the final summer club which has been made possible thanks to the Family and Community Support Team, The Gateway and SEBA.
As well as two sessions per week in Methil, weekly clubs also took place at Kennoway’s Sandy Brae Centre and the Centre in Leven, and regularly attracted 140 – 160 children every week.
The summer activity programme was designed to engage both children and their parents, and provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to carry education and fun back into the home after the sessions are over.
Carol Hunter, family worker, said: “This is about families working together. Here, the parents stay with the children and do activities with them – they don’t just drop them off. It’s the fourth year we’ve been doing it and it’s grown more and more each year.
“The parents this summer have been really engaged and have had lots of fun. It’s all about giving them the tools for easy, fun activities and encouraging them to go out and use local services and local shops, etc.”
As well as carrying out a variety of activities such as arts & crafts, cooking, and seed planting, local groups such as NHS Fife’s Well on Wheels, HomeStart and ChildSmile were all heavily involved, ensuring that education went hand-in-hand with good fun.
Local councillor Andrew Rodger, executive spokesman for health, said: “The Council has invested £7-8 million into early intervention and that’s what we’re seeing here. This is an ideal platform, and it’s bringing together all of the different agencies as well. Many of the parents here, they’re seeing a real difference, and a lot of them were at the Easter programme as well, so it shows that they are coming back.”
Cllr Jim Young added: “You can see how well the young people are interacting with one another and it’s clear that there’s a real shine to them. This is absolutely brilliant and the more encouragement there is for things like, the better.”
It is hoped that the project will run again over the October school holiday period.
For more information about FACST and what’s on in Fife, go to www.fifedirect.org.uk