Party celebrates a decade of help

Penumbra's 10th birthday party
Penumbra's 10th birthday party

Ten years of helping young people in and around Kirkcaldy cope with a wide range of mental health issues were celebrated last week.

Penumbra, the young people’s charity, held a big party to say thank you to everyone who has played a part in its success in the decade since it started up in the town.

Health and social workers and other organisations, as well as many young people who have passed through its doors, were invited along to Styx in Victoria Road to join the celebrations which included live music and a 
buffet.

And as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, one of the staff, Liam Shepherd (27), a youth worker from Kirkcaldy, put together a CD of music from budding local musicians as well as established artists.

Copies of the CD were given out at the party to thank everyone for their input over the years.

Liam said: “Over the past six or seven years I have done a lot of photographic, graphic design and web design work for local bands and gigs and got to know lots of musicians through this.

“I thought I could use these contacts to try to get more local young people involved and showcase their music alongside established acts, and put them together on a CD.

“I started this last August and it has taken almost a year to put it together in my spare time. I thought it would be good to incorporate it into the tenth anniversary celebrations to let people see the talent that is out there.”

Amber Higgins, Penumbra’s project manager, thanked everyone for coming along and for supporting Penumbra.

She told the Press that, in the past decade, almost 2000 young people have benefited from the services provided, from early intervention help to those who have undergone traumatic experiences in their lives.

“The main issue we deal with on a daily basis is problems with relationships, from family breakdowns to personal relationships. Other things include bullying, self-harm, abuse and other aspects of mental health, which people are now beginning to realise are very important.

“Our aim is to help the young person to figure out their own ways of coping with what is going on in their lives and offer help and support to them.”

Amber is one of the original staff members who has been with Penumbra from day one.

“It has been a very quick ten years and also a very satisfying time and during the time we have been here we have been very well supported by everyone.”