In the year since the Linktown Action Centre in Kirkcaldy moved from its portable hut at Ramsay Road into the Philp Hall in Links Street, it has been doing its bit to help reduce the area’s high deprivation status.
The Philp Hall was previously managed by Fife Council, offering a small range of community events which complemented the programme offered by the Linktown Action Centre.
It is now managed by a committee of volunteers, as a charity supported by Fife Council.
After an initial tidy up and interior redecoration, courtesy of the Community Payback volunteers, the management committee and resident development worker, John Farmer, have been working with other organisations to help facilitate more services for the community of Linktown.
And this has included developing a wide programme of activities for all ages, including a new youth club for teenagers which has been running over the summer months and is hoped will be able to continue in the future.
It is also working to help reduce unemployment in the area through training programmes including computer workshops and help with job applications; and improve health through providing the facilities for baby clinics, a toddler groups for teenage parents and fitness sessions for all ages.
“Our new home has given us lots more opportunities to develop the services that we provided before and I feel we have achieved quite a lot in our first year and would like to continue to move forward in helping to deliver as many services as we possibly can for the benefit of the community,” said John, who has worked with the Linktown Action Centre for 10 years.
“We are working with Fife Council to apply for funding for an Access to Computers courses and with Clued-Up and Fife Council to push the ‘On The Doorstep’ initiative which operates locally to help with job searches, writing a CV, benefits enquiries, learning opportunities and training.”
The management committee AGM will take place on August 4, and new members are welcome.
A much-used local facility
The Philp Hall is widely used by the local community.
It is used every day of the week for everything from baby clinics to pensioners’ groups, as well as keep-fit, art and craft groups, tenants and residents’ and a busy after school care group for the West Primary School.
It is also available to hire for birthday parties and other social events.