Kirkcaldy's Yes2 Hub re-opens after lockdown
After being closed to the public for six months, Kirkcaldy’s Yes2 Hub has opened its doors again to people in the town.
The Yes Kirkcaldy group’s main purpose is to promote the benefits of an independent Scotland, and to encourage people to vote for yes in any future independence referendum.
But it isn’t all about politics.
Roy Mackie, a volunteer at the hub, said it is a hub for people in the community to come and get things off their chest.
Roy said: “When we first opened the hub it was to promote independence for Scotland, but, as time has gone on, we are finding that more and more people are coming in for advice – or just someone to talk to.
"Because we are situated between the Town House and the Job Centre, we seem to get a lot of visitors who are down on their luck and might need to see a friendly face.
"These are certainly desperate times and it has been difficult on everyone with all of the Covid restrictions.”
The hub is now opening its doors after a prolonged lockdown.
Roy said: “We are opening the hub this week, albeit with shorter opening hours, we will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-3pm and Saturdays from 10am-4pm.
"There will only be two people, or a family unit, in at any one time, and we are asking anyone who wants to visit to wear a mask and observe social-distancing rules.
As restrictions slowly ease, Roy has a stark warning for the future.
He said: “Covid-19 has highlighted everything that is wrong with the Westminster government, and austerity is only getting worse.
"The furlough scheme will end soon, and we will see a surge in unemployment, it is the future of our young people that is at stake.”