Official opening for Leven’s Greig as ‘place to go if you want to know’

Depute Provost of Fife Kay Morrison officially reopens the Greig Institute with Kenny Murphy (FVA), Gareth Balmer (Addaction), Rhona Cunningham (Fife Gingerbread), Susanne McEneany, June Menzies and Angela Angel (CARF). Pic by FPA.
Depute Provost of Fife Kay Morrison officially reopens the Greig Institute with Kenny Murphy (FVA), Gareth Balmer (Addaction), Rhona Cunningham (Fife Gingerbread), Susanne McEneany, June Menzies and Angela Angel (CARF). Pic by FPA.
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Voluntary organisations, elected members and local residents came together on Friday to celebrate the official re-opening of Leven’s Greig Institute.

The former library in the middle of the town was once a searing eyesore for Leven, left derelict for a number of years.

But now it is buzzing with activity after it was transformed into a hub for the third sector.

And to go with it’s new status, it also has a new slogan: ‘The Greig: The place to go if you want to know’.

The building is managed by Fife Voluntary Action (FVA), and houses three other third sector organisations – Fife Gingerbread, Citizens Advice and Rights Fife and Addaction.

Over 100 people came together on Friday for a special open brunch event, and the ribbon was officially cut by deputy Fife provost Kay Morrison.

Following the honours, she told the Mail: “It is a triumph - a colourful triumph.

“I was given a tour, and it is so colourful and all of the furnishings and rooms are just so welcoming.

“It’s a complete transformation and all of the organisations here are providing essential services which will benefit our community.”

Now dubbed a ‘hub’ for Leven, the Greig is a one-stop-shop for those in need of support, whether that’s for family issues, money worries, jobs support or drug and alcohol problems.”

She added: “Being here allows organisations to work together and that’s wonderful.”

Kenny Murphy, manager at FVA which leases the building from Fife Council and manages it, is delighted to see it all up and running, and is glad FVA is back in Levenmouth.

“All of the organisations here are able to work together on joint projects, joint funding applications, which they’ve never done before, so that’s great – it’s bringing people together.”

Kenny thanked Fife Council for it’s support in helping to revive the Greig to where it is now, and said it has been so popular they’ve had to turn organisations away because office space is now full, although a number of groups will still have a presence at the Greig thanks to meeting spaces and interview rooms.

Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of the area committee, welcomed the re-opening, and said: “I’m really pleased to see this building brought back into use for the benefit of the whole of Levenmouth.”