The Letham Glen Community Support Centre was set up just six months ago, but already it’s had a big impact on the local community.
Ready to spring back in to life next month after a quiet festive period, the registered charity is looking for the backing of the local community to make sure it continues to flourish as a community space for Leven and beyond.
And with many well-attended events already in the bag, group leader Caroline Mitchell is hoping success will be a key word in 2015.
“The reason we took this on in the first place was because we didn’t want to see it close. This has to be kept as a place for the local people,” said Caroline. “We’ve already had some really fantastic events, and we want to continue to support other groups and encourage others to use the Glen.”
Just days after taking on the lease from Fife Council last August, things kicked off with a bang as the park welcomed the Medieval Methil group, followed by the Dog Show – attended by more than 1000 people - and Fife Motorcycle Runs, which saw 140 bikers set up for the day in the heart of Letham Glen.
“That was such a great day, and we got really good feedback from everyone that was there.”
The group hopes that particular event can become a regular thing and are already in the process of organising a charity Classic & Custom Bike Show in March.
As well as welcoming other groups and organisations to Leven, the Support Centre works hard to deliver events themselves, with a packed out Halloween party – complete with dry ice in the pond and spooky stories around the park – as well as a successful children’s Christmas party last month.
“The thing is, we are here to support any groups who want to use centre and the park – whether that’s with a gazebo, sports equipment, a PA system, a generator – if someone comes to us, we will do our best to help them.”
Of course, with a new year comes the challenge of fund raising to keep the centre open, and Caroline is on the lookout for more volunteers - “I have three right now, but could do with about five or six more” - and more groups willing to use the space.
“This was never a money making idea, groups would just need to charge a small fee, but the idea is to retain this as a hub for Leven, that everyone can use.
“You might be a granny that wants to teach knitting, or someone who wants to hold a youth group – we have all the facilities here and we do our best to accommodate everyone.
“We get many people with additional needs visiting us, children who are autistic, and people who are lonely and who just want a chat. If people come to us looking for something particular, we will do everything we can to accommodate them.”
For more details about the centre, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Letham-glen-centre