Local politicians, volunteers and other invited guests attended the launch of Greener Kirkcaldy’s High Street Hub on Friday.
The community charity has undergone a makeover and has launched under a new name.
But it’s not just new signage as the charity has also unveiled a new look inside its premises. The centre, based in the town’s east end, has been refurbished with new internal and external paintwork as well as new shelving inside to accommodate new Eco, Fairtrade and energy saving products.
Suzy Goodsir, development manager at Greener Kirkcaldy, said the charity, which has been working in Kirkcaldy since 2009, said Greener Kirkcaldy will continue to offer access to free and impartial energy advice from trained advisors.
She said: “We’re probably best known for our energy advice service – it has helped thousands of local people reduce their energy bills as well as make their homes warmer.
“We were awarded additional funding from the Lottery this year, to allow us to roll out this popular service across Fife – so we’re focusing on Burntisland and Kinghorn now as well as Kirkcaldy.
“We also run two popular community garden projects – the community orchard at Ravenscraig Walled Gardens, and the new Dunnikier Park Edible Landscape Project. These are great ways for volunteers to get outdoors, meet new people and share in the fruit and veg we grow.
“We’ve grown as an organisation over the last five years – we now have 10 staff and around 30 volunteers. More and more people are dropping in to our High Street Hub to buy eco and Fairtrade products, and get information about what we do. We have also seen an increase in bookings to our events and workshops, and many new members this year.”
She added that plans for the future include continuing to offer energy advice, develop a ‘food hub’ in Kirkcaldy and increasing the charity’s social enterprise development to help generate its own income.
Local councillor Judy Hamilton, who officially opened the newly-refurbished centre on Friday afternoon, said: “I think it’s really exciting and really innovative - there is no other place in Kirkcaldy where people can get energy-saving goods as well as advice and information.
“The hub is a centre, a place where people who need it most can get the support they need to reduce their energy bills. They can also arrange an energy advice visit at home.”
Claire Baker MSP said: “Greener Kirkcaldy does great work across the town. The newly-refurbished centre looks very professional and welcoming. The charity offers a great range of energy-saving products as well as impartial information and advice.”
David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, who also attended the launch, added: “Greener Kirkcaldy is invaluable to people in the local area for the advice and help it gives, particularly to the most vulnerable and needy. I wish Greener Kirkcaldy all the success in the future.”