Volunteer call for much loved Glenrothes community cafe

Elsie Ferguson, centre at back, and fellow community cafe staff. (Pic George McLuskie)
Elsie Ferguson, centre at back, and fellow community cafe staff. (Pic George McLuskie)
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The success of a community cafe in one of the most deprived areas of Glenrothes has resulted in a call for more volunteers to get involved.

St Nininan’s Community Cafe and Charity Shop has cemented itself as a vital hub for folk living in and around Glenwood precinct in recent years, offering much more than just a welcomed cuppa.

The shop and cafe is the beating heart in the much maligned centre, which has seen its fare share of trouble in recent times.

But with volunteers and staff making a real difference to the community and residents using the facilities in increasing numbers, a plea for more people to get involved has been issued.

Bob Hutchinson, a project trustee said the cafe and shop are busier than ever.

He added: “The Community Cafe has become a regular source of sustenance for many of the workmen involved in the new building projects at Glenwood Centre as well as for our local clientele, for whom we strive to provide good quality low cost meals and also a place for banter and companionship which is so important for folks who may live alone.

“The charity shop aims to provide low cost clothing, furniture, books, electrical and household goods and ploughs its profits back into the Glenrothes community.”

Last year a number local schools, organisations and community groups benefited from £10,000 worth of bursaries which were distributed from profits made from the St Ninian’s project.

Elsie Ferguson from the cafe told the Gazette: “If people can spare a few hours to help then they’d be joining a fantastic bunch of people.

“Even if you don’t have any previous experience don’t be put off as training will be provided.”

For more information call (01592) 755321 or pick up an application form from the cafe.

£1500 risk has given £30,000 back

Ten years ago a £1500 project to set up a community cafe and charity shop was seen as a risk.

But a decade later it has become a vibrant and essential part of life in west Glenrothes and has ploughed back over £30,000 to the community it serves.

Volunteers now have a chance to join a welcoming team of staff as well as helping to something back into their community.