A drop-in centre in Kirkcaldy launched to help combat rising poverty has marked its first year in the town.
The facility, run by the charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) in partnership with Whytecauseway Baptist Church, opened last February at the town church.
The drop-in centre opens its doors every Thursday from 11.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. for people in need of financial advice or for those who want to use the facility for example to get help with filling in forms or making phone calls to look for jobs. An adviser is available to answer people’s problems.
It also features a cafe which will serve meals to people at a low cost.
Pat Hanson, centre manager at the Burntisland-based branch of Christians Against Poverty, which helps those in financial crisis, told The Press: “We have had a few people popping in for advice, but we could always do with a few more. I’ve gained a few new clients out of it, but know there must be so many more folks out there who are struggling.
“The drop-in is for anyone to come in and have some warm food, whether they need money advice or not. These days with so many struggling - particularly if their benefits have been sanctioned - it’s great for them to know they can get a good meal on a Thursday. People can enjoy soup and a toastie followed by coffee and cake for the small fee of £1. Some people pay more than £1 so that those who have no money at all can come in.”
She continued: “Lynda and John McIver, who were the ones who first approached me about CAP being involved, are just lovely people with a heart to help those who are struggling.
“Rob Jones from Bethany Christian Trust is also there on a Thursday to help out, with the ultimate aim of beng able to help people with computer skills and job applications once the funding is in place.”
Kirkcaldy MP Gordon Brown, who officially launched the drop-in a year ago, said: “I was proud to attend the opening of the centre a year ago and I am pleased that it has gone from strength to strength, providing a valuable service and fulfilling the church’s Christian mission. The workers who staff the cafe are to be congratulated on the good that they do.”