Army wives breathe new life into Leuchars station

A group of Army wives have breathed new life into a building at Leuchars Station by transforming it into a working space for the military community.

Friday, 26th January 2018, 5:06 pm
Updated Friday, 26th January 2018, 5:10 pm
The hub at Leuchars Station.

The hub, which offers an IT-enabled working environment, was initially developed by Sarah Stone and Emma-Jane Kerr, both of whom run local companies.

The women decided that, while they could work from home, creating the hub would provide a better work environment and allow spouses to network, share ideas and build friendships.

Sarah, who runs community benefit consultancy Samtaler, explained: “As a military family we have moved around a lot and it is really important to integrate wherever you are.

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“When we realised that so many wives and partners were working from their dining tables without the proper resources, we asked if we could take over the community hall.

“Over the last few months we have grown and now have women who were working for employers from home as well as women who are studying.

“This is a proper office set-up with great broadband and a lovely, friendly atmosphere.

“Anyone connected to the military who wishes to use the space can become a member and we have a ‘hot desk’ arrangement.”

Emma-Jane was based at Fallingbostel in Germany before the move to Leuchars.

She said the hub, as well as helping her work, also benefits her social life.

She added: “This is a great facility and if it wasn’t for this I think my social interaction would be limited to the nursery run and my work. The hub gives everyone, whatever rank their husband or partner is, a chance to mix.”

North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins praised the enterprising group during a tour of the facility for developing the hub.

During his visit he met with people who have benefited from using the hub, including Dee Bola from Fiji, who is using the facility for her studies at the University of St Andrews.

Commenting on his visit, Stephen Gethins said: “This is an excellent facility which is proving to be a great asset to the base and helping to bring the military community together as well as making it easier for those using it to work and study.

“I am delighted that the hub is to be opened up to include veterans and spouses of veterans living in the local area too.”

To learn more about the hub, visit https://www.facebook.com/leucharscoworking.