Three quarters of the way into its first year, the No Knives in Fife campaign is shaping up to become one of Levenmouth’s highest profile organisations.
The group, formed after the tragic killing of a Methilhill teenager last year, is aiming to take its message into schools and expand its services further to help raise awareness of the potential consequences of knife crime, using the experiences of people who have been through it.
It has been busy drawing up its main objectives and expects to make significant moves ahead with the production of education packs, around the time of its first anniversary in April.
A public group was launched on Facebook in 2014 by mum-of-three Amanda Scott, urging people to be aware of the possible consequences of carrying a bladed weapon and to think more about lives, not knives.
The group now has nearly 6000 members, many of whom have had direct experience of knife crime, or who believe strongly in the idea of a charity or a support group for Fife.
NKIF chairman Amanda, from Kennoway, said meetings were in the pipeline with police, criminal justice representatives, education bosses, social work, ambulance services, NHS personnel and others to help finalise various development plans for the coming years.
Some of the main NKIF members have been on training courses, she added, and visited other areas of Scotland which had problems with knife crime to see how their means of tackling it could be adapted for Fife.
Amanda added there had been talks about office space in Levenmouth and services would hopefully be rolled out one by one.
At present, the group meets at 6pm on Thursdays in the Fife Council office in Buckhaven – the meetings are open and anyone who has been affected by knife crime or wants to find out more about NKIF’s work is welcome.
“We are going to move forward from here,” said Amanda. “If it is successful, we will hopefully start opening other branches throughout Fife.
“It’s for the community and run by the community.”
NKIF was founded after the fatal stabbing in Methilhill of Connor Cleave, who was 17. His killer, Jamie Wishart, was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for culpable homicide.