Ambitious new strategy for Fife charity

MPs Gordon Brown and Lindsay Roy at Fife Society for the Blind event
MPs Gordon Brown and Lindsay Roy at Fife Society for the Blind event

FIFE Society for the Blind (FSB) has launched an ambitious strategy for the charity to grow in these challenging economic times.

An event to mark the strategy’s launch, hosted by the charity’s honorary president Gordon Brown MP, with Lindsay Roy MP as MC.

The evening at the Old Kirk in Kirkcaldy aimed to introduce people from Fife Council, NHS Fife and business and community organisations to the services provided by FSB and Insight, as well as the products and training available through social enterprise company FSB Enterprises.

Presentations were given by Mr Brown, Alan Suttie, the society’s chief executive and Richard Godfrey-Mckay, chairman.

There were also musical performances, the reading of a short story extract and a raffle.

The organisation’s strategy involves growing the charity as a whole.

Mr Suttie said: “With the number of blind and partially sighted people set to double by 2020 we need to expand services at a time of financial constraint.

“Our new strategy aims to do so by improving our supporter base, increasing our range of services including those which will attract a fee and by expanding our social enterprise company.

“We are excited by the opportunities and believe we can deliver a promising future for blind and partially sighted people in Fife.”

Mr Brown spoke of his parents’ connection with FSB, which in 2015 will celebrate its 150th anniversary.

He said: “I applaud Fife Society for the Blind’s work and take great pride in the connection I have with them.

“I really would urge people to get behind an organisation which has been dedicated to the local community for almost 150 years, with wonderful services and innovative ways of reaching people.

“Fife may have to cater for the needs of 4000 visually impaired people by the 2020s and we must now prepare the best services that can equip them for these new times.”