Fife community hub gets keys to new home

A north east Fife community hub has entered its new home, after finally getting the keys.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 9:46 am
The hand-over happened on Monday.

On Monday, the North East Fife Community Hub (NEFCH) received the keys to the St David’s Centre in St Andrews.

The hand-over means the hub has at last got a permanent home, after three years of nomadic existence in the town.

The St David’s Centre has been purchased from Fife Council through the Scottish Government Asset Transfer Scheme, with funding from the Scottish Land Fund.

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There will now be an ongoing programme of works to maximise the potential of the building and range of services on offer, as additional funding is secured.

The hub has secured further grants with relation to starting the upgrading of the building, paying professional fees, setting up the hub projects and kitchen (in the region of £100k).

A hub spokesperson said: “Our thanks go to the Scottish Land Fund, CORRA Foundation, Fife Council’s Locality Planning Budget, Kay Bequest Fund, The Life Saving Trust Dementia Program, St Andrews Community Trust and Fife Council’s Community Food Support Grant Scheme, as well as many individuals. However, to complete renovations, setting up the catering and training kitchen and staffing the hub, we need a further £150k.”

It is hoped that the hub café will soon be operating, even if it has to be a take-away facility at first. Storehouse, the local foodbank, and Clothesline, will have a permanent home and be operational immediately, along with Fife Council continuing to run the Day Care Service when Covid restrictions are lifted from the adapted wing within the building.

NEFCH chair Cath Carter said: “The board of directors is delighted to be taking ownership of this building for the community. We look forward to being able to open the doors to local people, initially to allow the food and clothing banks to operate, then to offer a wider range of support and activities.”

If you want to get involved, have skills you can share or wish to support the hub financially, get in touch.

You can do this by emailing - [email protected] – or visiting – nefcommunityhub.wixsite.com/website.