Support service’s special day

Home-Start Levenmouth's 21st birthday party in Methilhill (picture by FIFE PHOTO AGENCY)

Home-Start Levenmouth's 21st birthday party in Methilhill (picture by FIFE PHOTO AGENCY)

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Some of the guests were perhaps a little young for a 21st birthday party – but they still had a fine time celebrating a service of great value.

The Home-Start Levenmouth project marked its special anniversary with a party last week at Methilhill Parish Church hall, in which it reviewed two decades plus of providing support and friendship for local families.

The venture began in 1993 to supply assistance under a voluntary home visiting scheme for families with at least one child aged under five.

Based in Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven, the local scheme covers Buckhaven, Wemyss villages, Leven, Methil, Lower Methil, Methilhill, Windygates and Kennoway.

Volunteers are able to assist families through confidential support, friendship and sharing practical experiences in their own homes.

Families may be encountering difficulties for a variety of reasons, such as illness, depression, relationship problems, money worries, housing, loneliness, or the everyday side of looking after children.

Over the years, the number of families helped by the Levenmouth project has grown from 50 to 1000.

Retiring senior co-ordinator Alison Kirkaldy said Home-Start had a special role regarding loyalty in supporting families, with some people involved locally since it was just an initial idea.

There were around 30 volunteers for Levenmouth who had a lot of enthusiasm and could help parents in a variety of ways, with a key aim of having fun together.

The approach was non-judgemental and non-threatening for families, said Alison, adding: “Everyone brings something different. Volunteers are parents themselves, so they know how it is. It’s not easy bringing up up wee ones – you have your ups and downs.

“We want these children to get the best possible start in life and experience what children deserve,” she said.

With buffet refreshments provided by Sainsbury’s, the party also featured displays of Home-Start’s work, pictures from past outings, fund-raising activities and special events, plus speeches from people who had benefited from it.

There was also a visit from the Book Bug, who helps make reading fun at an early age.

Contact 01592 719012 or email levenhomestart@yahoo.co.uk for more details.