Kirkcaldy community hub set to expand to support foodbank

A popular community hub in Kirkcaldy is set to remove its worse for wear playpark and install two cabins to accommodate the increasing demand for the foodbank.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 6:23 pm

Linton Lane Centre in Templehall will begin work next Monday to remove the park, which is not fit for use due to its age

Mandy Henderson, centre manager, said: “The play park was installed with funding from the Lottery applied for by the Parents Group at Linton Lane Playgroup over 20 years ago.

"Throughout the years our retired caretaker, Dennis Crawford, did the repairs, but sadly, it is now the time for it to be replaced.

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Mandy Henderson. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

“We have a lovely play park at the back of the centre, and hopefully if funding is approved we will be adding more equipment to it along with a welly garden and flower beds which will be open to the community.

“Over the last year with the demand increasing for Kirkcaldy Foodbank, and to ensure all Covid restrictions are in place, the area for the foodbank is now larger and spills over to the foyer.

Mandy Henderson with volunteers Thelma Duncan and Madge Balfour. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

“We have looked at the long term need of the centre and after viewing two portacabins that are in use at Newcraigs Church we want to do the same. One will be for foodbank use, and the other will be used as an extra room for centre users.

"On a Saturday the Polish School needs another classroom and we hope to start a new creative group.”

Mandy adds that the installation of the cabins will enable more support services to be made available throughout the opening times of the foodbank.

“As the foodbank can interfere with other services at the centre due to Covid restrictions, the extra space will enable us to continue essential support uninterrupted,” She added.

“A local businessman has come to our rescue and has donated a acabin to the centre, and is hoping to source another for us.

"The one we have needs a bit of work, which we hope to appeal to the local community for offers of help to paint, install power and tidy up the cabin.

“This will give us more space and will see the board continue to address the needs of the community.”

If you would like to help the centre refurbish the portacabins, please contact: 01592 643816

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