Thanks a (half of a) million!

Mr and Mrs Ross with their children and grandchildren take part in a cooking class
Mr and Mrs Ross with their children and grandchildren take part in a cooking class

A Kirkcaldy primary school is celebrating being awarded almost half a million pounds of Lottery funding.

The £435,502 windfall will enable Fair Isle Primary to continue helping vulnerable families in the Templehall area dealing with issues such as substance misuse and mental health problems, through a wide programme of activities for adults and children, as well as a family support worker.

The Opportunities for All funding, which runs for five years from July 1, follows on from the success of the previous five year project, and means the school can develop its community-based activities, combining physical exercise and sport with homework clubs and practical skills such as cookery, and sessions for adults including a support group for kinship carers, community education, therapeutic arts and practical support.

Rae Walker, head teacher at Fair Isle, said: “We are delighted that the Big Lottery Fund Scotland has awarded us another five year grant to continue and develop further achievements.

“Through our inter-generational project we have been able to support many families. Our joint school and community initiatives have enabled parents and children to develop new skills, greater resilience and also strengthen family relationships.

“Having our school-based family worker offers an early intervention approach and has greatly reduced the need for statutory involvement.”

Karen and Alan Ross are grandparents who found themselves caring for two children under the age of 12 when Mrs Ross’ brother died suddenly.

Mrs Ross said: “Mrs Walker and Mrs Knight the family workers were a great help in advising us and helping the children to adapt. They were enrolled in the after-school activities which are second to none and everyone in the community benefits from them. Our two children and four grandchildren all love the clubs and we believe that socialising helps the children to broaden their horizons.
“As well as helping the children it has help us as well, without the support we would be floundering. It has been a lifeline to us and we can contact them whenever we need to.”