Support strengthens for MCCI

MCCI's community garden (picture by George McLuskie)
MCCI's community garden (picture by George McLuskie)
  • Admin funding
  • Expading group
  • Fine reputation

One of Levenmouth’s biggest community success stories of recent years is set to continue with an even more robust structure at its spine.

Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative has picked up a cluster of awards and secured a range of financial support since its creation three years ago, to bring local children in and around Methilhill an assortment of community-based activities and experiences.

It’s wonderful to have the support of the Levenmouth area committee.

Shirley Faichney

Now the organisation has secured a one-off funding package of nearly £7500 to support an administrative post for one year.

The money will help a part-time administrative worker to ensure the group runs even more smoothly and also take some of the pressure off the volunteers who have been doing a consistently good job with the administrative tasks.

As well straightforward duties such as notes of meetings, emails and other correspondence, the admin worker will be required to to keep paper work up to a good standard and ensure records are up to date regarding risk assessments and participants’ personal details.

The role will also involve a focus on funding applications, to ensure MCCI can carry out its work locally.

Levenmouth councillors unanimously praised the group last week, as Fife Council’s local area committee approved a two-stage payment, with half the money coming this financial year and half in the next.

However, the group will have to seek the money itself to fund the post into a second year and beyond.

The council’s Levenmouth area services manager, Dave Paterson, said the approval highlighted the importance of helping local groups to provide local services which were in demand from communities.

“While volunteers are the backbone of much of this provison, it is essential that they have the structures in place to help support this provision and ensure consistency of approach,” he added.”

MCCI is dedicated to providing local youngsters with clubs, activities, nursery education and helping local families with information and advice. It currently has over 300 children registered, with the group’s community learning garden proving a huge focal point for activities.

MCCI – which has held charitable status since November 2013 – also provides youth club activities for older children.

MCCI’s Shirley Faichney said: “Having some help with administrative tasks will make the running of MCCI much smoother, given the group has grown considerably over the last three years. It’s also wonderful to have the support of the Levenmouth area committee.”

MCCI has taken on an additional role working directly with local schools.

This has mostly focused on Methilhill Primary School but it has also worked with pupils and staff at Denbeath and East Wemyss. This has included consultation with teachers on positive behaviour approaches and how to engage children who have difficulty coping with mainstream academic activities.

Mr Paterson said the committee’s approval would be “giving this group the tools to do the job”.

Cllr David Alexander said what MCCI had achieved on a voluntary basis was “absolutely stunning” and added: “They deserve all the help they can get.”

Cllr Ally Hunter said: “If you want to see 100 per cent community involvement and communty engagement look at this project. It’s the real deal.”