New group helps us take a pride in East Wemyss

East Wemyss Community Club. Picture by FPA
East Wemyss Community Club. Picture by FPA

Members of a new community group in East Wemyss could scarcely have wished for a better opening year.

Members of a new community group in East Wemyss could scarcely have wished for a better opening year.

When you are first starting out, it’s a bit daunting – there’s a lot you have to do before you can even start – but it’s worth it when you see them together

The East Wemyss Community Club began in April 2014, run by seven local vounteer mums all with children at the local primary school.

By September, it had sprouted a weekly Kids’ Club at East Wemyss Primary School.

And last week, members were presented with a special achievement award by Youth 1st for their work over the last 12 months. Delighted chairman Kelly Scarlett said it had been a real team effort.

After the holidays, the group hopes to consolidate its presence and maybe help generate some more community pride in East Wemyss, as well as trying to provide the youngsters with some of the activities on their ‘wish list’.

Kelly (38) explained the club’s origins lay with the Gateway project, which aims to help families whose oldest child is at primary school.

The group concluded there was a need for some kind of venture in East Wemyss and made a few visits around the community to find participants .

Funding came from West Wemyss Community Trust and also Cashback for Communities scheme.

The Community Club began by providing arts and crafts activities, outings, and more, for youngsters aged from birth to P7.

It allowed children of different ages to mingle and their families were involved as well, which helped make it feel like a community project, said Kelly.

It was decided to form a Kids’ Club for the primary pupils, which meets on Wednesdays from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. during term time, and allow toddlers’ activities and other community events to happen separately.

The school youngsters attended a pizza night and drew up a list of activities they’d like to try, with dancing and sports figuring heavily.

Around 30 youngsters now attend the Kids’ Club regularly, although there are many more on the register and room for a few others to join as well.

And the team was thrilled when Youth 1st decided it deserved an award for having accomplished so much in its first year, with such limited resources.

“It was really nice to receive a pat on the back from somebody outwith the community, who noticed what we were doing,” said Kelly. “We were very proud.”

She added: “The group is all mums – we’d like a couple of dads to help as well – and I can phone them up at any point, if I come up with any mad ideas, and they think of things as well. None of us could have done it without each other, so we have helped each other through it.”

Adding that Youth 1st and the school had been a great help, Kelly said the fact village children were socialising and playing with each other, away from the classroom, had engineered a bit of respect for the village and the changes it prompted were bringing the community closer together.

“When you are first starting out, it’s a bit daunting – there’s a lot you have to do before you can even start – but it’s worth it when you see them together.”